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What are Richard Matheson's writing style, intention, and purpose in I Am Legend?

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I Am Legend stands out in American literature because Richard Matheson manages to combine two previously separate genres in a unique and subversive style. He blends gothic horror (which was considered a dead genre at the time) and science fiction in order to comment on themes of societal change and evolution.

In developing this new “pulp” style, Matheson’s purpose seems to have many layers. On the surface, his purpose is to entertain his readers with engaging prose. Upon more...

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