Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why We Need a Brigade of Zolas

At this weak, pale, tabescent moment in the history of American literature, we need a battalion, a brigade of Zolas to head out into this wild, bizarre unpredictable, hog-stomping country of ours and reclaim its literary property.

- Tom Wolfe in “Stalking the Billion-footed beast: A Literary Manifesto for the New Social Novel”, in Harpers, 1989.

More on Tom Wolfe and more on Emile Zola.

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