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A Pinnacle of Feeling
Author: Sean McCann

ISBN: 9780691136950
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6
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There is no more powerful symbol in American political life than the presidency, and the image of presidential power has had no less profound an impact on American fiction. "A Pinnacle of Feeling" is the first book to examine twentieth-century literature's deep fascination with the modern presidency and with the ideas about the relationship between state power and democracy that underwrote the rise of presidential authority.

Sean McCann challenges prevailing critical interpretations through revelatory new readings of major writers, including Richard Wright, Gertrude Stein, Henry Roth, Zora Neale Hurston, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Norman Mailer, Don Delillo, and Philip Roth. He argues that these writers not only represented or satirized presidents, but echoed political thinkers who cast the chief executive as the agent of the sovereign will of the American people. They viewed the president as ideally a national redeemer, and they took that ideal as a model and rival for their own work.

"A Pinnacle of Feeling" illuminates the fundamental concern with democratic sovereignty that informs the most innovative literary works of the twen...

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