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By Harold Bloom, Blake Hobby

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"A Harold Bloom compilation of articles at the subject of "alienation" in significant literature. Reviewed works contain writing by way of Melville, Plath, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Huxley, Salinger, Potok, Joyce, Bradbury, Goethe, Homer, Woolf, Dostoevsky, Ken Kesey, RL Stevenson, Camus, Kafka, Samuel Beckett, TS Eliot, & Hawthorne."

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Not lots a "reviewing" of works, yet a compilation of intersecting subject matters on alienation.

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In that culture the specific folkart form that helped shape the writer’s attitude toward his life and that embodied the impulse that contributes much to the quality and tone of his autobiography was the Negro blues. This would bear a word of explanation: The blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy, but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism.

Marx, Karl. ” Marxism and Art. Ed. Berel Lang and Forrest Williams. New York: McKay, 1972. 21–30. Brave New World 39 Sartre, Jean-Paul. Nausea. New York: New Direction, 1964. Trotsky, Leon. ” Marxism and Art. Ed. Berel Lang and Forrest Williams. New York: McKay, 1972. 60–79. Watt, Donald, ed. Aldous Huxley: The Critical Heritage. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975. D. Salinger) ,. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” by Robert C. D. Salinger’s popular novel The Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield, the novel’s adolescent central character, seems alienated from most of his teachers and schoolmates, much of his family, and much of society at large.

The Catcher in the Rye, for the Ohmanns, is an implicit indictment of capitalist materialism in the immediate aftermath of the defeat of fascism in World War II and the rise of the anti-Marxist cold war. Holden is insufficiently sophisticated to offer this diagnosis himself, let alone formulate a workable remedy, but Salinger’s novel clearly reveals to the Ohmanns the pervasive alienation fostered by a classbased, capitalist society. Holden, then, is not so much an archetypal, ahistorical teenager as he is a symbol of the problems of a society dominated by greed, competition, and bourgeois materialism.

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