Adair, W. Gilbert
Dr. W. Gilbert Adair teaches courses in literature and composition at various institutions in New York City, including Baruch College and Marymount Manhattan College. He received his Ph.D. from the King’s College, University of London.2008 0-7734-5213-3
This study undertakes close readings of four different epic novels of the 1970s: James A. Michener’s Centennial
(1974), Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song
(1979), Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow
(1973), and Samuel R. Delany Dhalgren
(1975). In these, the author examines the possibilities and pitfalls of the genre and its way of grappling in complex ways with the idea and reality of an American empire.