Love and Death in the American Novel  

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Love and Death in the American Novel is a work of literary theory by Leslie Fiedler first published in 1960. It is Fiedler’s most widely recognized book. The book involves a deconstruction of the concept of the “great American novel” and how it is both derivative of, and separate from, the established European novel forms. The book offended many because of the manner in which Fiedler discusses the American literary tradition. A massive text of well over 600 pages, the book eventually became the subject of revision by Fiedler. He produced a more streamlined, focused version of the book which was published in 1966.

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