• Title: Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture
  • Author: David Castronovo
  • ISBN: 9780826416261
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit Books from the s that Made American Culture This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief An unconventional tour of a crucial period in th century cultur
    This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief An unconventional tour of a crucial period in 20th century culture, the present book avoids sweeping surveys and gets to the heart of major achievement.After the great renaissance of the 1920s and early 1930s, American modernism seemed toThis examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief An unconventional tour of a crucial period in 20th century culture, the present book avoids sweeping surveys and gets to the heart of major achievement.After the great renaissance of the 1920s and early 1930s, American modernism seemed to be stalled, to be awaiting another burst of talent The post World War II period provided that new energy and genius, with book after book that broke through the ordinary realistic atmosphere of bestseller lists, and offered experimentation, arresting content, and transformation of old literary forms In short, from the late 1940s through the JFK years, America was the home office of literary innovation Writers forged new styles with the rapidly changing times, and generated new ideas that fit the challenges of late modernity.Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit shows how particular landmark books took on the hot button subjects of the 1950s race and religious difference social class and the suburbs the youth culture rebellion, conformity, and groupthink the telling conflicts over taste and judgment and how, in the process, whether we realize it or not, this body of super charged literature shaped today s American culture.

    One Reply to “Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture”

    1. ‘In the landmark books, nothing is meant to be, everything challenges.’I picked up this book on a whim, struggled through the introduction, and then became caught in David Castronovo’s choices and assessments of books. ‘This book is about the remarkable literary explosion that took place between the late 1940s and the Kennedy years. It looks closely at the landmark works that are breakthroughs in American literature.’Would Americans agree that the 1950s was a particularly creative peri [...]

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