Beyond the gray flannel suit

books from the 1950s that made American culture

By Castronovo, David

Publishers Summary:
"This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief. An unconventional tour of a crucial period in 20th-century culture, the present book avoids sweeping surveys and gets to the heart of major achievement.". "Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit shows how particular landmark books took on the hot-button subjects of the 1950s - race and religious difference; social class and the suburbs; the youth culture; rebellion, conformity, and groupthink; the telling conflicts over taste and judgment - and how, in the process, whether we realize it or not, this body of super-charged literature shaped today's American culture."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-82641-626-1
Publisher
New York ; Continuum, c2004.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on November 15, 2004

Castronovo (English, Pace Univ.) has written extensively on modern American authors, among them Thornton Wilder and Norman Mailer, as well as critic Edmund Wilson. Here he examines American literature from the late 1940s to the Kennedy inauguration in 1961. A half-century later, Castronovo convincingly presents those works he sees as landmar...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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