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Abbreviations Acknowledgments Prologue. "American Marine, Jewish Writer" Chapter 1. "The Truth Will Rise" Chapter 2. Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Chapter 3. Battle Cry at Larkspur Chapter 4. Hollywood Chapter 5. Exodus, or "The Book" Chapter 6. History and Resistance Chapter 7. Love and Litigation Chapter 8. "Short Titles, Long Books, Big Sales" Chapter 9. Ireland Chapter 10. Return Chapter 11. Russian Renewal Chapter 12. Redemption, or America Redux Epilogue Notes Index
The dramatic story of a novelist whose life constantly provided his best material, this biography of the best-selling author of Exodus, Mila 18, QB VII & Trinity maps the literary landscape of mid-twentieth-century America, the mainstreaming of Jewish writing, and the rise of the celebrity author.
IRA NADEL is Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and winner of the Medal for Canadian Biography. His books include Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen, Double Act: A Life of Tom Stoppard, Ezra Pound: A Literary Life, and David Mamet: A Life in the Theatre, which was selected by the Times of London as one of the seven best books in theatre and film for 2008.
"Ira B. Nadel's Leon Uris: Life and Times of a Best Seller has a similar set of concerns to those that preoccupies Q. D. Leavis over eighty years ago in Fiction and the Reading Public: the relationship between literary "quality" and the best-seller... Nadel Explains that "Conflict - personal, social, political, and cultural - is the heart of Uris's writing", while wondering "How can one who wrote so ineptly still have such a wide and persistent audience?". Ultimately, Nedel does not resolve the dichotomy between best-selling success and the preconception of literary quality, but he has written a readable and informative study that reveals much more about its subject..." - William Baker, Times Literary Supplement