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By Mark Royden Winchell

 

 
“Too reliable to Be True” is a accomplished 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 best Jewish intellectuals of the postwar era—writing on literature, tradition, and politics in such magazines as Partisan Review and Commentary. presently thereafter, he helped lead the assault that delusion feedback used to be mounting at the hegemony of the recent feedback. If he had stopped writing solely at that time, Fiedler might nonetheless be remembered as a big cultural critic of the fifties.         
 
 
            along with his brash, groundbreaking magnum opus, Love and dying within the American Novel, Fiedler subsequent proven himself as a innovative interpreter of our local literary culture. next critics of yankee literature were pressured to undertake or assault his positions simply because to disregard them has been impossible.
 
 
            ultimately, Fiedler used to be one of many first critics to proclaim the dying of modernism and to indicate a number 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 brought on a lot enmity between those that had outfitted their careers at the assumption that modernism may final forever.
 
 
To many teachers, Fiedler’s loss of solemnity and his wild flights of mind's eye have made him look amateurish. How may well somebody who enjoys himself that a lot in all likelihood be taken heavily? one of many favourite critics of youth and non-English majors, Fiedler has appeared to get pleasure from ultimate disreputable—even as a few of his once-controversial perspectives were made part of normal or conventional scholarship. Like Huck Finn, lower back 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 very smart and demanding method. a mixture of biography, severe research, and cultural historical past, “Too reliable to Be True” could be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of yankee literature, twentieth-century literary feedback, and renowned culture.

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