Filetti, Jean S.
About the author: Dr Filetti received her PhD from The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. She is currently Assistant Professor at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.1998 0-7734-8278-4
A reading of Frederic's major novels against the cultural and political history of the 1880s and 1890s reveals his skepticism regarding the popular analysis of the West as a democratic frontier and his challenge t the popular-progressives' celebration of grassroots democracy and agrarian America. Pessimism controls Frederic's portrayal of his politicians, his critical treatment of their rhetorical and manipulative devices and their platforms, and his assessment of the people who elect the politicians. This study examines the major works and rescues him from being classified as a comic realist for a political optimist.