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By Gavin Jones

ISBN-10: 1107056675

ISBN-13: 9781107056671

ISBN-10: 1107662176

ISBN-13: 9781107662179

If the United States worships luck, then why has the nation's literature dwelled obsessively on failure? This e-book explores encounters with failure by way of nineteenth-century writers - starting from Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Mark Twain and Sarah Orne Jewett - whose celebrated works extra usually struck readers as profoundly messy, incorrect or even perverse. analyzing textual inconsistency opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent 19th century, Gavin Jones describes how the problems those writers confronted of their faltering look for new types, coherent characters and passable endings exposed reports of blunder and inadequacy hidden within the tradition at huge. via Jones's therapy, those American writers come to be the good theorists of failure who chanced on how one can translate their very own social insecurities into advanced portrayals of a contemporary self, based in ethical fallibility, precarious wisdom and adverse feelings.

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