By Robert Alter

The easy but grand language of the King James Bible has pervaded American tradition from the beginning--and its strong eloquence remains to be felt even this present day. during this booklet, acclaimed biblical translator and literary critic Robert modify strains many of the attention-grabbing ways in which American novelists--from Melville, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy--have drawn at the wealthy stylistic assets of the canonical English Bible to model their very own strongly resonant kinds and unique visions of truth. displaying the extensively diversified manners during which the phrases, idioms, syntax, and cadences of this Bible are woven into Moby-Dick, Absalom, Absalom!, The solar additionally Rises, grab the Day, Gilead, and The Road, modify finds the wide range of stylistic and resourceful probabilities that American novelists have present in Scripture. while, adjust demonstrates the significance of taking a look heavily on the kind of literary works, making the case that kind isn't really in simple terms a cultured phenomenon yet is the very medium wherein writers conceive their worlds.

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