Literary Techniques

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Two techniques enable Shaw to tell his tale of two armies, three continents, and four years without bogging down in details, narrative...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The Young Lions will appeal primarily to readers with an interest in history — either the Second World War in particular or...

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Social Concerns

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The central concern of the novel is the war against Nazi Germany, 1941-1945, which transformed the United States economically and...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Giles, James R. Irwin Shaw. Boston: Twayne, 1983. Giles provides a critical and interpretive study of Shaw with a close reading of his major works, a solid bibliography, and complete notes and references.

Shnayerson, Michael. Irwin Shaw: A Biography. New York: Putnam, 1989. Shnayerson reconstructs Shaw’s life from his days as a playwright through his career as a screenwriter and novelist. Shnayerson’s biography offers insights into Shaw’s personality and his times.

Literary Precedents

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War has been a subject for American fiction since James Fenimore Cooper's novels of the American Revolution. Yet no writer broke the...

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Related Titles

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Shaw's first play, Bury the Dead (1936) is a fantasy in which dead American soldiers rise up and refuse burial. Failing to talk the...

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Surprisingly, ten years elapsed between the publication of Shaw's novel and the premier of Edward Dymtryk's film version. Photographed in...

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