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Romance Of The Road: Literature Of The American Highway
by Ronald Primeau
University of Wisconsin Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-87972-698-0
Library of Congress Classification PS366.T73P75 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.9355

For four decades, the American road narrative has been a significant and popular literary genre for expressing journeys of self discovery. These works have been used as springboards for authors to define our national identity, to explore opportunities to escape from the daily routine, and to express social protest. This comprehensive study of an important American art form examines how road narratives create dialogues between travelers, authors, and readers about who we are, what we value, and where we hope to be going.
     Writers examined include Jack Kerouac, Jim Dodge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Least Heat Moon, Robert M. Pirsig, Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Mona Simpson, and Walt Whitman.

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