Tycoons and Locusts

Tycoons and Locusts

A Regional Look at Hollywood Fiction of the 1930s

Book - 1973
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The fascination and lure of Hollywood during the Great Depression are explored in this unique and perceptive book. Wells concentrates on eight works: James M. Cain s "The Postman Always Rings Twice," " "Horace McCoy s "They Shoot Horses," " Don t"" They?," " "John O Hara s "Hope of Heaven," " "Nathanael West s "Day of the Locust," " "Budd Schulberg s "What Makes Sammy Run?," " "Raymond Chandler s "Farewell," " My Lovely," " "and F. Scott Fitzgerald s "The Last Tycoon "and "The Pat Hobby Stories."Dominating and unifying the fiction discussed is an overriding theme of dissolution, of falseness, of cynicism, Wells finds. His conclusion, which makes this book more than just another study of the fiction of the 1930s, is that the Hollywood-Southland region imposed these attitudes on the writers, whose fiction thus illustrates important and interesting literary uses of region."
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]
ISBN: 9780809306060
0809306069
Characteristics: xiii, 139 p. ; 22 cm.

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