Finance and Money as Represented in Nineteenth-Century Literature The Dangers Of Money - Essay

The Dangers Of Money

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Michael Issacharoff (essay date 1988)

SOURCE: "Phynances," in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall, 1988, pp. 208-15.

[In the following essay, Issacharoff identifies some recurring themes involving money, including sexual exchange, inheritance, deception, humor, and the idea that money is usually not earned but rather either bequeathed, received unexpectedly, or obtained by deception]

Money, as Harry Levin put it recently,1 if not the root of all evil, has been the whetstone of wit. My title, "phynances," is of course designed to suggest just that. But despite the reference to Ubu, my paper is not on...

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