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The Adolescent in the American Novel

reviewed by Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr. - 1964

coverTitle: The Adolescent in the American Novel
Author(s): W. T. Witham
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Novels about adolescents, written by Americans with American settings and published between 1920 and 1960, show a sharp increase in their number in 1929 and an essentially steady increase through 1959, falling off only slightly in 1960. So reports W. Tasker Witham in his interesting study of The Adolescent in the American Novel, 1920-1960 (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1964. Pp. 345. $8.50). Oddly enough, Professor Witham, who is currently a faculty member at Indiana State College, relates this phenomenon neither to changes in our population patterns nor to trends in the culture. He does, however, point out that the novels of the 19305 and 19405 are predominantly naturalistic in character, calling for social reforms, whereas those of the 'forties and 'fifties focus much more sharply on symbolism and psychological processes, exploring the experiential world of the adolescent. The date of the shift seems to be 1940, when Carson McCullers's The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 3, 1964, p. 292-292
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2625, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:41:00 AM

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