Literary Techniques

The novel is based on Levinson's archives, dug out of the ruins of the Ghetto after the war. The archives are fictional but the information...

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The Wall Ideas for Group Discussions

Hersey's novel, written five years after the end of World War II, is an early part of what has since become a whole library of books dealing...

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The Wall Literary Precedents

Nazi atrocities in Poland were vividly described in The Black Book of the Polish Jewry (1943). A section on the destruction of the...

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The Wall Related Titles

Here to Stay: Stories in Human Tenacity (1962) is a book of essays which includes Hiroshima, Hersey's most famous survival...

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The Wall Adaptations

Milton Lampell's dramatization of The Wall, a play in three acts, opened at the Billy Rose Theater, New York on October 11, 1960....

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The Wall Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Sources for Further Study

Fiedler, Leslie. “No! in Thunder.” In The Novel: Modern Essays in Criticism, edited by Robert Murray Davis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1969. In discussing authors from his point of view that “art is essentially a moral activity,” the controversial Fiedler accuses Hersey of being the author of “The Sentimental Liberal Protest Novel” who fights for “slots on the lists of best sellers” with his “ersatz morality.” The essay makes for lively reading at best.

Gutman, Israel. Resistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.


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