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AMERICAN FICTION AFTER WW II John Updike (1932-2009) a US poet and writer of novels and short stories about the hopes, worries and fears of modern middle-class Americans. He is best known for his four novels about a former basketball player, Harry `Rabbit' Angstrom. They are Rabbit, Run (1960), Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990). The last two each won the Pulitzer Prize. His other novels include The Witches of Eastwick (1984), Toward the End of Time (1997) and Seek my Face (2002).
Not a Jew; The most important realist writer; Wrote diverse work (on subject matter)
Middle and upper-middle class mainly
Rabbit Run It depicts five months in the life of a 26-year-old former high school basketball player named Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, and his attempts to escape the constraints of his life.
A young American who is to get married; he doesn't want to but the girl is pregnant
He finally decides what would be proper for him
Recapitulation of the times Rebellious character
William Styron (1925-2006) a US writer of powerful novels. He received the Pulitzer Prize for The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), which some people criticized for its violent story based on the murders committed by the African-American slave Nat Turner. Styron's other novels include Lie Down in Darkness (1951) and Sophie's Choice (1979), which became a successful film (1982).
The Confessions of Nat Turner
Historical novel Directly evokes the Southern complex
Uprising of black slaves which took place in Virginia
Nat Turner - the leader; also religious leader
Psychological and historical novel - fictitious inside, in characters' minds
Bernard Malamud (1914-86) a US writer whose novels and short stories were mostly about Jewish life in America. His novels include The Natural (1952), about a baseball player, which was later made into a film (1984) with Robert Redford. Malamud won a National Book Award for The Magic Barrel (1958), a collection of short stories, and a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Fixer (1966).
Has a lot of sympathy to the old Jews but he also realises that they fell out of place in America; feel uprooted.
The Assistant - conflict between the old and younger Jews.
Saul Bellow (1915- ) a US writer of novels, born in Canada. His books often relate to his Jewish background and many are very humorous. They include The Adventures of Augie March (1953), Herzog (1964) and The Actual (1997). He was given the Nobel Prize for literature in 1976.
Less interested in Jewish matters; most characters are, in fact, Jews
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