By James R. Giles
Because naturalism turns out antithetical to modernism and literary existentialism, moderate recognition has been given to the life of a latest, or post-World struggle II, naturalism. certainly, the very time period serves as a synonym for "old fashioned." whereas comprehensible, this view has contributed to the misperception, if now not forget, of a number of American writers who got here to prominence within the past due Nineteen Forties and Fifties. James Jones coined the time period "the unfound iteration" to explain those writers. The occupation of Nelson Algren exemplifies this phenomenon.
Nelson Algren has continually been an enigmatic determine, even on the top of his profession. Algren himself used to be the resource of a few of the confusion yet he used to be additionally the sufferer of a protracted carrying on with severe misperception, that as a disciple of Theodore Dreiser he under pressure exterior truth and social protest. in reality, whereas he by no means wavered in his dedication to the "lumpenproletariat", society's outcasts, his imaginative and prescient developed considerably, specifically via his acquaintance with Sartre, Beauvoir, and Celine. Algren's top paintings displays his depression over the "absurd" no less than up to his outrage over social and monetary injustice.
In Confronting the Horror, James R. Giles examines the evolution of Algren's significant themes--external oppression and inner nervousness. He discusses Algren's fiction with regards to Maxim Gorky's rationalization of the "lower depths" and the works of 2 modern writers, Hubert Selby, Jr., and John Rechy, who mix naturalistic approach with a principally existential, absurdist imaginative and prescient. Giles end is forcefully argued, that Algren's novels are thematically richer and extra advanced than hitherto looked and symbolize the paintings of an American author of the 1st order.
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Confronting the Horror: The Novels of Nelson Algren by James R. Giles