Drugs and Literature Twentieth-Century Literature - Essay

Twentieth-Century Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

A. Carl Bredahl

SOURCE: "An Exploration of Power: Tom Wolfe's Acid Test," in Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, Winter 1981-82, pp. 67-84.

[In the following essay, Bredahl evaluates the differences between Tom Wolfe and the Merry Pranksters he wrote about in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, noting that the Pranksters's rejection of the physical world as a hindrance to the development of perception, rather than a tool to aid in reaching a higher level of perception, was their downfall.]

Tom Wolfe's writing is the most vivid instance of the role of the journalist in American literature, a role that has played a major...

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