By Mark Royden Winchell
“Too solid to Be precise” is a finished account of Leslie Fiedler’s existence and paintings. Born in 1917, Fiedler has, in a feeling, had 4 overlapping careers. He first got here to prominence as one of many greatest Jewish intellectuals of the postwar era—writing on literature, tradition, and politics in such magazines as Partisan assessment and observation. presently thereafter, he helped lead the assault that delusion feedback used to be mounting at the hegemony of the hot feedback. If he had stopped writing solely at that time, Fiedler may nonetheless be remembered as a massive cultural critic of the fifties. along with his brash, groundbreaking magnum opus, Love and loss of life within the American Novel, Fiedler subsequent demonstrated himself as a innovative interpreter of our local literary culture. next critics of yank literature were forced to undertake or assault his positions simply because to disregard them has been very unlikely. ultimately, Fiedler used to be one of many first critics to proclaim the dying of modernism and to signify many of the instructions that literature may perhaps take up its aftermath. The Oxford English Dictionary credit him with being the 1st person to use the time period postmodernism to literature. This by myself prompted a lot enmity between those that had outfitted their careers at the assumption that modernism could final endlessly. To many lecturers, Fiedler’s loss of solemnity and his wild flights of mind's eye have made him look amateurish. How may a person who enjoys himself that a lot probably be taken heavily? one of many favourite critics of youth and non-English majors, Fiedler has appeared to take pleasure in final disreputable—even as a few of his once-controversial perspectives were made part of general or conventional scholarship. Like Huck Finn, again to the raft from the fog, he frequently turns out “too stable to be true.” Mark Royden Winchell has made his topic come alive in a extremely smart and significant method. a mix of biography, severe research, and cultural background, “Too strong to Be actual” can be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of yankee literature, twentieth-century literary feedback, and pop culture.
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The Gentile teachers who were shipped in from the suburbs would keep him after school and teach him how to pronounce certain vowels and get rid of ethnic cadences in his speech. The most severe brainwashing came from the teacher who prepared him to give the eighth-grade commencement address. Because Leslie was the brightest boy in school, he ended up keeping his teachers' grade books for them and helping them administer intelligence tests. By early adolescence, he realized that he was smarter than they were.
Incredulous, his daughter reminded Leon that Smitty had gotten him fired. ” 1. Incredibly strong and self-assured, Leon was nevertheless dominated by his four-feet-eleven-inch wife, Perl. Unlike her husband, Perl could neither read ____________________ 1. Leslie Fiedler, interview with Bruce Jackson, Apr. 7, 1989. Unless otherwise indicated, information in this chapter comes from this interview. ) -3- nor write. ) At night, she would listen to Leon read the Yiddish folktales later collected by Isaac Bashevis Singer or provide his own interpretations of English and American literature.
Paper) 1. Fiedler, Leslie A. 2. Criticism—United States—History—20th century. 3. Authors, American—20th century—Biography. 4. Critics—United States—Biography. I. Title. 48, 1984. Designer: Stephanie Foley Typesetter: Bookcomp, Inc. Printer and binder: Thomson-Shore, Inc. ] CONTENTS Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Part One: Flight from the East (1917-1955) 1. Newark Jew 3 2. All the Irvings Did 19 3. Those Beautiful Chinese Nights 35 4. Too Good to Be True 49 5. Enfant Terrible 63 6. A Newer Criticism 78 7.