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Solitary Savages

Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe

in Crimes of Art + Terror

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226472058
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226472089 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226472089.003.0004
Solitary Savages

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This chapter analyzes the works of Jack Henry Abbott, Norman Mailer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Martin Scorsese, and Bret Easton Ellis. It presents an account of a man's renewal, a criminal who was half Irish and half Chinese, one Rufus (a.k.a. Jack) Henry Abbott, which became famous with the help of a famous writer, Norman Mailer, and an ambitious editor at Random House, Errol McDonald. It describes a young gentleman scholar who came to St. Petersburg from the provinces to study the law; the literary antecedent of the Unabomber, another man of words, with educative designs on his society, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. Finally, it analyzes the Martin Scorsese, The King of Comedy.

Keywords: Jack Henry Abbott; Norman Mailer; Fyodor Dostoevsky; Martin Scorsese; Bret Easton Ellis

Chapter.  10658 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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