The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction

The Heritage of Heinlein: A Critical Reading of the Fiction

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Robert A. Heinlein is generally recognized as the most important American science fiction writer of the 20th century. This is the first detailed critical examination of his entire career. It is not a biography--that is being done in a two-volume work by William Patterson. Instead, this book looks at each piece of fiction (and a few pieces of sf-related nonfiction) that Heinlein wrote, chronologically by date of publication, in order to consider what each contributes to his overall accomplishment. The aim is to be fair, to look clearly at the strengths and weaknesses of the writings that have inspired generations of readers and writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476613109
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #42
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 743 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Thomas D. Clareson was a leading scholar in the fields of science fiction, 19th century American literature, and Victorian literature. A professor of English at the College of Wooster (Ohio) for 38 years and the author or editor of more than 20 books, Clareson died in July 1993. Joe Sanders, professor emeritus, Lakeland Community College, has written extensively about Roger Zelazny, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and Neil Gaiman. He lives in Mentor, Ohio. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and is editor of the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Frederik Pohl 1
Preface 11
A Note on Texts 15
1. A New Calling: For Us, the Living 17
2. Early Professional Writing 23
3. Transitions 53
4. The Juveniles for Scribner’s 62
5. The “Classic” Period 108
6. Stranger in a Strange Land 132
7. The Final Period 140
Summing-Up 197
Appendix: Nonfiction 215
Works Cited 217
Index 219

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