By Leslie Fiedler

Leslie Fiedler's radical reviews and theories have replaced the way in which we expect approximately American literature and pa tradition, demanding usual colleges and ushering in a style of first-person, experience-based feedback. Praised and revered as "one of an important figures within the historical past of yankee cultural suggestion during this century," Fiedler brought groundbreaking rules that now permeate collage stories in literature: a homoerotic aspect in American machismo, interracial dependence because the classical American bond, these at the social margins being "secret selves," and the continuum of "high" and "low" culture.

Designed to thrill Fiedler's modern viewers and introduce the writer to an entire new iteration of readers, a brand new Fiedler Reader is an enthralling anthology of Fiedler's such a lot infamous and celebrated essays, in addition to a variety of his enticing poems and brief fiction.

A literary icon, Fiedler is between those that suggested legalization of marijuana within the past due '60s; instructed that faculty scholars learn Timothy Leary besides Milton; and was once accused of corrupting the younger with risky leftist principles. accrued are Fiedler's most generally identified articles, from "Come again to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" to "An nearly Imaginary Interview: Hemingway in Ketchum." Complementing those essays are a number of lesser identified poems and brief tales, offering the reader with the whole Fiedler adventure.

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Julius draped after his death not with a red flag but with the ritual prayer shawl of the Jews; not "The Internationale" sung but "Go Down, Moses" and the Psalms; the American flags flying brazenly over the cortege and the rabbi to intone unbelieved-in prayers at the grave. But the hoax would not quite hold to the end, for the crowd at the funeral parlor booed when a rabbi invited for the sake of camouflage, reminded them that the Jewish religion teaches forgiveness of enemies. In an instant, the fake piety and humanity had disappeared from the carefully prepared faces, and those who had cried for mercy a little while before hooted down the mention of its name.

If they participated at all in the Seder, beyond nibbling a little from each of the plates set before them, I certainly could not tell. They were quite obviously only performing an act of charity. Three young men came in at the last minute, dark and reticent, but obviously more at home than we, though they confessed later to being Americans. They seemed quite familiar to me, the kind of good Jewish boys who refuse invitations to dinner because they have promised their mothers to ROMAN HOLIDAY 71 keep kosher.

This did not mean, however, that there was any more real desire to save them; indeed, as enlightened and disciplined members they would be expected to approve the tactics that assured their deaths in order to blacken the United States in the eyes of the world. Their actual affiliation was, in fact, an embarrassment, something not to be played upon but concealed. " t h e ^ / posters read, and who, in Europe, at least, remembered that McCarthy h a d never h a d anything to d o with the affair? Surely the chief evil of McCarthyism consists in branding fr 56 A NEW FIEDLER READER honest men as Communists out of malice and stupidity.

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