The Kingfish in Fiction: Huey P. Long and the Modern American Novel (Southern Literary Studies)
Keith Ronald PerryISBN: 0807129429;
Book DescriptionThe controversial, almost mythic Louisiana politician Huey P. Long inspired not just one but six American novels, published between 1934 and 1946. And he continues to resonate in American cultural memory, appearing in a 1995 work of historical fiction. The Kingfish in Fiction offers the first study of all six "Hueys-who-aren?t-Hueys" as they strut and bluster their way across the literary page, each character telling his own particular story, each towing a different authorial agenda. Keith Perry carefully dissects the intertwining of documented history and artistic invention in Sinclair Lewis?s It Can?t Happen Here, Hamilton Basso?s Cinnamon Seed and Sun in Capricorn, John Dos Passos?s Number One, Adria Locke Langley?s A Lion is in the Streets, and Robert Penn Warren?s All the King?s Men. Perry explains that Lewis cast his version of the Kingfish as a totalitarian menace, a...
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