Literary Techniques

In an era much influenced by film and video media, Butler composes with much attention to visual effects. The Alleys of Eden is...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

The official policy of the United States government for its military and foreign service personnel is that they are to represent the...

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Social Concerns

The characters in The Alleys of Eden struggle with issues of personal identity and sociocultural identity. Each struggles to define...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Beidler, Philip D. Re-Writing America: Vietnam Authors in Their Generation. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.

Broyard, Anatole. Review of The Alleys of Eden, by Robert Olen Butler. The New York Times, November 11, 1981, 29.

Lohafer, Susan. “Real-World Characters in Fictional Story Worlds: Robert Olen Butler’s ’JFK Secretly Attends Jackie Auction.’” In The Art of Brevity: Excursions in Short Fiction Theory and Analysis, edited by Per Winther et al. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2004.

Myers, Thomas. Walking Point: American...

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Literary Precedents

While Butler claims specific literary influence from the Old Testament prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Daniel, and the New Testament writer...

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Related Titles

Wilson Hand, the other enlisted man who traveled with Cliff and Captain Fleming on their regular circuit of intelligence contacts, a minor...

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