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By Gavin Jones

If the US worships luck, then why has the nation's literature dwelled obsessively on failure? This booklet explores encounters with failure via nineteenth-century writers - starting from Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Mark Twain and Sarah Orne Jewett - whose celebrated works extra usually struck readers as profoundly messy, incorrect or even perverse. examining textual inconsistency opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent 19th century, Gavin Jones describes how the problems those writers confronted of their faltering look for new types, coherent characters and passable endings exposed reports of blunder and inadequacy hidden within the tradition at huge. via Jones's therapy, those American writers become the nice theorists of failure who found how one can translate their very own social insecurities into complicated portrayals of a latest self, based in ethical fallibility, precarious wisdom and unfavorable feelings.

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