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Subversive

Mack Reynolds

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Eventually, he signed, made the first payment, shook hands with young Dickens and saw him to the door. He said, in parting, "I still wonder why you do this, rather than dragging down unemployment insurance like most young men fresh out of school."

Warren Dickens screwed up his face. This was a question that wasn't routine. "Well, I make approximately the same, if I stick to it and get enough contracts. And, shucks they're not hard to get. And, well, I'm working, not just bumming on the rest of the country. I'm doing something, something useful."

Coty pursed his lips and shrugged. "It's been a long time since anybody cared about that." He looked after the young man as he walked down the walk.

Then he turned and headed for the phone, and ten years seemed to drop away from him. He lit the screen with a flick, dialed and said crisply, "That's him, Jerry. Going down the walk now. Don't let him out of your sight."

Jerry's face. . . Read More

Community Reviews

p. 78

An excellent portrait of antebellum American literature as a whole, and an excellent contextualization of its canonical figures.

Reynolds argues that the literary giants of the "American Renaissance" of the 1840s and 1850s -- Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Melville, Poe, and Whitman -- achieved thei

This is a pretty interesting book about the well-trod territory of the American Renaissance writers, here defined by a big seven: Melville, Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman, Poe, Thoreau, and Hawthorne. Rather than isolated geniuses acting out against the strictures of a conventional god-fearing culture,

good for historical interpreting. adds a whole lot of context to their stories, back when an artistic revolution was still thought to be possible