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David Wyatt

David Wyatt teaches English at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has been named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. Out of the Sixties and The Turning, his book-in-progress, deal with the imaginative productions and political fate of the Vietnam generation. Secret History, published in 2009, attempts a comprehensive survey of twentieth-century American literature. He has contributed to VQR since 1976.


The Literature of California

The Literature of California: Writings from the Golden State, Volume 1. Edited by Jack Hicks, James D. Houston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Al Young. University of California Press. $60.00 cloth, $24.95 paperback. If Nathaniel West hadn't been ki [...]

The Last Spring At Yale

A blue postcard from New Haven has arrived. Postmark October 20, '95. "Outstanding!" the card reads. "Yale College Class of 1970. 25th Reunion Gift Total $2,980,575. 54% of You Participated." I did not attend the reunion, although I did make a smal [...]

Liking Steinbeck

John Steinbeck: A Biography. By Jay Parini. Henry Holt. $30.00.Steinbeck didn't much—like Steinbeck. Well into his forties he remained self-dismissive. As a young man his chosen emblem was Pigasus, the flying pig. Sensitive about his appearance— [...]


Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats and Modernism. By James Longenbach. Oxford. $19.95. Yeats and Pound lived together for three winters just before and during the early years of the Great War. Pound acted as Yeats' secretary, reading aloud to the older p [...]

The Revenge Against Time

Doubling and Incest/Repetition and Revenge. A speculative Reading of Faulkner. By John T. Irwin. Johns Hopkins. $8.95. What Mr. Faulkner is after, in a sense, is a continuum. He wants a medium without stops or pauses, a medium which is always of [...]

Robert Penn Warren: the Critic As Artist

WARREN'S novels read like essays about themselves. His fictions continually resolve into apologues. It is scarcely possible while reading them to have the experience but miss the meaning. Where commentary does not preempt drama, it quickly intrudes [...]

A History of Arrests

Faulkner's Career: An Internal Literary History. By Gary Lee Stonum. Cornell. $12.50. Criticism, like the imagination, is always at the end of an era; it perpetually casts about for strategies to renew its reasons for being. We have exhausted th [...]

Faulkner’s Self-Characters

Faulkner: The Transfiguration of Biography. By Judith Bryant Wittenberg. Nebraska. $17. 50. A John Steinbeck gallivanted around Europe in search of the historical Malory, he became convinced that La Morte d' Arthur was a novel, and that Malory had [...]

Regretful Westering

Witnesses to a Vanishing America: The Nineteenth-Century Response. By Lee Clark Mitchell. Princeton. $18.50. Our nostalgia for the past increasingly discovers the nostalgia of the past. The moment of fullness in which America felt itself present t [...]

Star Wars and the Productions of Time

The Epic of ReturnEpics take time. It now looks as if Star Wars will take about as long to produce as its core action takes to happen. At the current rate of production the nine episodes will emerge over a period of about 30 years. The movie's techno [...]