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Land of Tomorrow: Postwar Fiction and the Crisis of American Liberalism

Benjamin Mangrum


This book analyzes changes in American intellectual life after the Second World War. It argues that sweeping cultural and intellectual trends undermined the legacy of social-democratic reform instituted by the New Deal. Land of Tomorrow offers a genealogy of these changes within American liberalism by looking to writers and intellectuals such as Vladimir Nabokov, Ralph Ellison, Hannah Arendt, Lionel Trilling, Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, Patricia Highsmith, Alfred Hitchcock, J. D. Salinger, Ken Kesey, Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor, and many others. It also considers the reception of many pro ... More

Keywords: American liberalism, twentieth-century fiction, existentialism, aestheticism, welfare state, New Deal, management theory, postwar novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Mangrum, author
University of Michigan