Master of Arts
James R. Frakes
Critics have noticed in Set This House on Fire the influence, in style, subject matter, and philosophy of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Camus, Kierkegaard, Tillich, and the classical tragic hero. There has been almost no mention of the influence of Henry James, This thesis explores the use of Jamesian themes and narrative techniques in Set This House On Fire, with particular attention paid to Peter Leverett as a model of James's unreliable narrator.
Shields, Rosalind Abercrombie, "Jamesian echoes in William Styron's Set This House on Fire" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 3934.