Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King as an Allegory for the Fifties

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    Among critics it is now acknowledged that American culture in the fifties was polarized. It was divided between two extreme groups, variably called "academics" and "bohemians," "conservatives" and "radicals," or "confederate bund" and "holy barbarians. Bellow, who dubs these hostile forces "Squares" and "Hips" or "Cleans" and "Dirties,"has been both conscious of this dichotomy and driven to search for its reconciliation-a vision of union and equilibrium-within his novels.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)65-74
    Number of pages10
    JournalAmerican Studies International
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995


    • Saul Bellow
    • American Jewish Literature
    • fiction
    • Counter Culture
    • American Transcendentalism


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