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Too Good to Be True: The Life and Work of Leslie Fiedler Hardcover – July 15, 2002


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"Reading this book made me see again just how important Fiedler has been and how much he has contributed in his role of disturber of peace in the academy. It is a role he has always played—but always with the goal of bringing the joy of reading literature into the foreground and keeping it there."—Jim Cox

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Mark Royden Winchell is Professor of English and Director of the Great Works of Western Civilization program at Clemson University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Where No Flag Flies: Donald Davidson and the Southern Resistance (University of Missouri Press).
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (July 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826213898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826213891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,702,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victor Verney on August 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The dust jacket notes for "Too Good to Be True" call the book a combination of biography, critical analysis and cultural history. What this means, in practical effect, is that Mark Winchell's biography of the late Leslie Fiedler (1917-2003), has left itself plenty of room for authorial opinion. Winchell is not reluctant to pass critical judgement, and he permits himself -- in true Fiedler-esque spirit -- to pass irreverent observations about any number of things, from the limitations of the New Criticism to the state of (post)modern Academe.

Winchell's book is generally well distributed. That is to say, Winchell has recognized the multi-faceted dynamics of both Fiedler's life and his work. He (Winchell) allocates sufficient space to each of the several major phases of Fiedler's life -- Newark, East Asia, Montana, Europe, Buffalo. This is true about Fiedler's work, as well; Winchell thankfully goes well beyond de rigeur discussion of Fiedler's incendiary essay "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" (1948), his groundbreaking magnum opus "Love and Death in the American Novel" (1966), or his largely misread "Freaks" (1978).

One of the achievements of Winchell's book is his revisitation Fiedler's underread fiction, which has tended to get lost amid all the academic furor and legal turmoil of Fiedler's life. One example is Fiedler's 1974 novel "The Messengers Will Come No More," about a 26th Century dystopia ruled by black women. In what Winchell finds one of its most effective scenes, the ancient temple in Jerusalem has been destroyed, and is marred by such graffitti as "Kilroy was here," "We did so kill him," "Hands off the moon," and (Winchells's avowed favorite) "Mars sucks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Finkelstein on May 1, 2011
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I agree with what reviewer Victor Verney wrote below. It is interesting to note that Fiedler was a champion of the notion of the "amateur critic." One could say that we are now enjoying a kind of "golden age" of amateur criticism in the Fiedlerian sense, with the rise of reader-written critical essays on Amazon and on other non-academic blogs. Amazon is full of reader-written reviews which are often of essay length, and which exemplify Fiedler's ideal: they are carefully reasoned, well documented, beautifully written, and all by people who are motivated by their passionate love of books, rather than by a paycheck or by the need to defend a particular plot of academic turf. These reviews tend to be remarkably free of jargon and formalism, and they integrate the reader's emotional and intellectual responses to a given book in clear, accessible language which Fiedler would have appreciated. Verney's review is a typical example.
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