Roderick Mengham Special Commissioned Essay on the American Novel of Manners Introduction And History

Introduction And History

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Roderick Mengham (essay date 2002)

SOURCE: Mengham, Roderick. “American Novel of Manners.” In Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 130, edited by Scott Darga and Linda Pavlovski. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group, 2002.

[In the following original essay, Mengham provides an overview of the American Novel of Manners, focusing on its history, representative writers, hallmark works, and critical response.]

OVERVIEW OF THE NOVEL OF MANNERS

In The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton praises the French novelist Balzac, whom she greatly admired, for the ability “to draw his dramatic action as much from...

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