Necessary American Fictions: Popular Literature of the 1950s
by William Darby
University of Wisconsin Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-87972-389-7 | Paper: 978-0-87972-390-3
Library of Congress Classification PS374.P63D37 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.5409


William Darby gives us a comprehensive and (mostly) sympathetic reading of over fifty novels and a few movies from the 1950s. He examines titles such as Mandingo, The Invisible Man, I the Jury, Catcher in the Rye, Battle Cry, The Caine Mutiny, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, The Manchurian Candidate, Hawaii, The Bramble Bush, Peyton Place, Ten North Frederick, A Stone for Danny Fisher, The Bad Seed, Not as a Stranger, The Blackboard Jungle, From Here to Eternity, and Compulsion.

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