«Written in a brash manner well suited to its subject matter, and refreshingly free from arcane critical jargon, this book provides a clear and straightforward 'existential' analysis of the five existential novelists it examines. Particularly valuable is its emphasis on Richard Wright's independent, experiential arrival at an existentialist position. Very useful as an exposition of existential literary thought for college and university libraries, and for intelligent non-academic readers who are interested in these authors.» (Alfred F. Boe, San Diego State University)
«In a remarkable rapprochement of philosophy and literature, Baker analyzes and then extends Camus's notion of the absurd to show its relevance to the work of novelists who have expressed the outlook of humanistic and religious existentialism. The much-mentioned, but seldom closely examined concept of absurdity is significantly illuminated; even readers already familiar with the novels considered will find a host of fresh and valuable insights.» (Hazel E. Barnes, University of Colorado at Boulder) «...it is a unique study allowing the reader truly to appreciate those major existential themes which have transcended, and still continue to transcend, time and culture in world literature.» (Alain D. Ranwez, The French Review)
About the Author
The Author: Richard E. Baker received his B.A. in English from San Diego State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of several scholarships and graduate fellowships. He is currently teaching English at Metropolitan State College of Denver.