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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Hollywood and the American Novel

Hollywood and the American Novel

(p.501) 31 Hollywood and the American Novel
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Patrick Jagoda

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between Hollywood and the American novel during the interwar period. After providing a background on the expansion of Hollywood as a major cultural industry and the American cinema's rise to worldwide prominence, the chapter considers how films influenced novels and vice versa. More specifically, it analyzes how the movie industry altered the American novel and the lives of many of the country's most prominent novelists such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Budd Schulberg, Nathanael West, Anzia Yezierska, and Daniel Fuchs. It also discusses the contribution of these novelists to filmmaking through their literary works and screenplays before concluding with an assessment of Hollywood's link to modernism in the American novel.

Keywords:   novel, cinema, films, movie industry, novelists, modernism, Hollywood, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Budd Schulberg

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