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JAN 31, 2013 - New Statesman

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American literature's encounters with solitude

Alone in America: the Stories that Matter - review.Alone in America: the Stories that Matter Robert A Ferguson Harvard University Press, 296pp, £20.95 Robert A Ferguson opens Alone in America: the Stories that Matter by explaining that this is a book about American literature’s encounters with solitude. Arguing that aloneness acquires a special valence in the US, thanks to “the openness, mobility, uncertainty and flux in (what was originally) a spacious new country”, Ferguson identifies three ways in which people experience being alone: solitude, vulnerability and ... Read More

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