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The Dungeon of the Heart Human Isolation and the American Novel
The Dungeon of the Heart Human Isolation and the American Novel Author:Edwin T. Bowden This book discusses twelve great American novels in some detail and shows how each handles the theme of human isolation in America, the aloneness in the "wilderness" of the New World. Although it considers the occasional problem of the character who deliberately seeks isolation, it focuses on the more common dilemma of the isolated character wh... more »o, tortured by his loneliness, searches for some point of contact with his fellow humans.
Dr. Bowden's choice of novels to illustrate his central theme is excellent, his comments deeply perceptive. Discerning the intimate relationship between literature and the culture that gave birth to it, Dr. Bowden traces in American history those circumstances that have created a sense of isolation. Lucid and comprehensive, his study is a searching analysis of a dominant element in the shaping of the American novel.« less