American Literary Dimensions: Poems and Essays in Honor of Melvin J. Friedman
This is the first of two volumes commemorating Friedman's life and work, and includes essays on American literature, poetry, and remembrances.
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The Racial Subject
Saul Bellows It All Adds Up
Jewish Autobiographies and the CounterExample
The Tragicomic in Philip Roths Sabbaths Theater
Real Heroes Sports Heroes and American Culture
Three Tales of a Ballclubs Death
Notes on Contributors
Bernard Malamuds Blacks
Arthur Millers Broken Jews
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88 ページ - The End of the World Quite unexpectedly as Vasserot The armless ambidextrian was lighting A match between his great and second toe And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb— Quite unexpectedly the top blew off: And there, there overhead, there, there, hung over Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes, There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover, There with vast...
84 ページ - ... by-and-by you could see a streak on the water which you know by the look of the streak that there's a snag there in a swift current which breaks on it and makes that streak look that way...
96 ページ - Nick was happy as he crawled inside the tent. He had not been unhappy all day. This was different though. Now things were done. There had been this to do. Now it was done. It had been a hard trip. He was very tired. That was done. He had made his camp. He was settled. Nothing could touch him. It was a good place to camp. He was there, in the good place.
87 ページ - Below him, in the town among the trees, Where friends of other days had honored him, A phantom salutation of the dead Rang thinly till old Eben's eyes were dim. Then, as a mother lays her sleeping child Down tenderly, fearing it may awake...
88 ページ - ... smooth in snow, But a few weeds and stubble showing last. The woods around it have it - it is theirs. All animals are smothered in their lairs. I am too absent-spirited to count; The loneliness includes me unawares. And lonely as it is that loneliness Will be more lonely ere it will be less A blanker whiteness of benighted snow With no expression, nothing to express.
88 ページ - ... city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, One luminary clock against the sky Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. I have been one acquainted with the night.
86 ページ - Your fly will serve as well as anybody, And what's his hour? He flies, and flies, and flies, And in his fly's mind has a brave appearance; And then your spider gets him in her net, And eats him out, and hangs him up to dry. That's Nature, the kind mother of us all. And then your slattern housemaid swings her broom, And \\ here's your spider?
86 ページ - What did he fear ? It was not fear or dread. It was a nothing that he knew too well. It was all a nothing and a man was nothing too. It was only that and light was all it needed and a certain cleanness and order. Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada y pues nada.
86 ページ - another woman?" That made him sorry for me, and he smiled. "No, Ben," he mused ; "it's Nothing. It's all Nothing. We come, we go; and when we're done, we're done.
84 ページ - ... the water, and the east reddens up, and the river, and you make out a log cabin in the edge of the woods, away on the bank on t'other side of the rider, being a woodyard, likely, and piled by them cheats so you can throw a dog through it anywheres...