Authoritarianism and Class in American Political Fiction: Elite Pluralism and Political Bosses in Three Post-War Novels (Paperback)

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This book analyzes what many critics consider to be the three best examples of modern American political fiction--Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, Edwin O'Connor's The Last Hurrah, and Billy Lee Brammer's The Gay Place--to address a specific problem in American governance: how the intense competition for power among elite factions often results in their ignoring major groups of their constituents, thereby providing political bosses with a rationale to seize authoritarian control of the government in the name of constituent groups who feel ignored or neglected, promising them more democratic rule, but in the process, excluding other groups, so that the bosses themselves become elitist, ruling only for the sake of some constituents and not others.

About the Author


David Smit is Professor Emeritus of English at Kansas State University, where he taught for twenty-nine years and was director of the Expository Writing Program for two five-year terms. His special interests are writing theory, Henry James, modern drama, and post-war American literature and culture, especially the political fiction of the period.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781032268040
ISBN-10: 1032268042
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: January 29th, 2024
Pages: 206
Language: English