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Ammon Hennacy

“Christian Anarchist shows how the many disparate elements from Hennacy’s family and cultural background–from Quakerism to the Baptist tradition to socialism, to dietary reform to a kind of spirit of independent yeomanry—informed his engagement with a world he was determined to change. Marling evokes Ammon Hennacy’s iconoclastic yet reverent life very faithfully. Will be an important contribution to … More

Dashiell Hammett

“Like one of Hammett’s novels, William Marling’s study of the author is brief, incisive, and packed with acute observations. Marling draws on several previous studies of the man and his work to provide the essential details of Hammett’s life and a cogent evaluation of his stories and five novels. For the serious Hammett fan, this … More

Raymond Chandler

“William Marling is the first critic to center his study of Raymond Chandler’s work on style, tracing the relation between style and era for each of Chandler’s seven full-length books. For each novel there is a section of metaphor and simile, showing how each is used, how each changes from novel to novel, and what … More

William Carlos Williams and the Painters

“William Marling’s book takes a close look at one of the most deliberately modern of American poets and the deliberately modernist painters who helped shape his work.  His study focuses on scarcely more than a dozen years in which Williams discovered his style and métier, but Marling shows that these were the important ones.”  -Kenneth … More

The American Roman Noir

“At the center of Marling’ s approach is the concept of ‘prodigality’: how narrative represents having, and having had, too much. Never before in this country, he argues, did wealth impinge on the national consciousness as in the 1920s, and never was such conscience rebuked as in the 1930s. What, he asks, were the paradigms … More

Ammon Hennacy

“Christian Anarchist shows how the many disparate elements from Hennacy’s family and cultural background–from Quakerism to the Baptist tradition to socialism, to dietary reform to a kind of spirit of independent yeomanry—informed his engagement with a world he was determined to change. Marling evokes Ammon Hennacy’s iconoclastic yet reverent life very faithfully. Will be an important contribution to … More

American, Hard-boiled and Noir: A Guide to the Fiction and Film

  This book takes a new approach to the American-ness of hard-boiled fiction and reprises the award-winning website detnovel.com. There are several new essays and author portraits, adding to the encyclopedic overview of the dark side of American detective fiction and film from the 1820s to today. No boy detectives or inquiring spinsters here, but … More

Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature & the 1960s

“Along with its more traditional scholarly virtues, Gatekeepers is delightfully readable, not least for the sheer human interest that Marling discovers in the blow-by-blow stories of how four highly significant postwar writers achieved international standing.” MARK MCGURL “Marling offers a major advance in the theory of literary fields. An aspiring writer attracts supportive networks by … More

How “American” is Globalization?

William Marling’s provocative work analyzes—in specific terms—the impacts of American technology and culture on foreign societies. Marling answers his own question—how “American” is globalization?—with two seemingly contradictory answers: “less than you think” and “more than you know.” Deconstructing the myth of global Americanization, he argues that despite the typically American belief that the United States … More


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