Date

1971

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Frakes, James R.

Abstract

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.

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