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By William Dean Howells

Centering on a clash among a self-made millionaire and an idealistic reformer in turn-of-the-twentieth-century long island, A threat of latest Fortunes insightfully renders the complexities of the yankee adventure at a time of serious social and fiscal upheaval and transformation. In its depiction of wealth, poverty, and manhattan urban lifestyles, it continues to be a strikingly modern work.

Reproduced this is the authoritative Indiana collage Press version edited and annotated by means of David J. Nordloh, with complete scholarly observation and wide textual gear.

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As the theory of totalitarianism casts communism as a danger structurally equivalent to Nazism, it also implicitly entails the promise that, after its victory over Nazism, the United States will also prevail in the struggle with communism. The projected victory over communism thus figures as the next step in mankind’s progression toward liberal democracy. Alexander’s progressive narrative and Novick’s forward orientation convincingly account for the almost complete absence of Hitler from American culture and especially fiction during the 1950s and 1960s.

In this respect the novel differs pointedly from the official World War II propaganda produced after America’s entry into the war and orchestrated by the newly founded Office of Wartime Information (OWI). Until the end of 1943, American propaganda maintained a clear distinction between a small group of guilty Nazis and the majority of Germans, who were regarded as the Nazis’ first victims. As Benjamin Alpers has shown, the war in Europe was conceived as an ideological conflict between democracy and fascism and not as a traditional war among nations; it was “a war against Nazism, not the German people” (193).

As the theory of totalitarianism casts communism as a danger structurally equivalent to Nazism, it also implicitly entails the promise that, after its victory over Nazism, the United States will also prevail in the struggle with communism. The projected victory over communism thus figures as the next step in mankind’s progression toward liberal democracy. Alexander’s progressive narrative and Novick’s forward orientation convincingly account for the almost complete absence of Hitler from American culture and especially fiction during the 1950s and 1960s.

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