NOVEL REFLECTIONS ON THE AMERICAN DREAM
ERICA JONG: Americans really believe in self-invention. Making yourself into a more successful, richer, more genteel, more intelligent person. It's the American dream.
The American dream is possibility. The American dream is freedom.
All of us have some ancestral image of someone getting off a boat or a plane or a maybe stepping out of a wagon train heading west. That is someone who has made a decision, made a choice to change their life.
MATTHEW J. BRUCCOLI:
The idea of the self-made man is a quintessentially American notion.
The idea that if you are a serious and earnest person and you work hard enough, nothing will stand in your way. You will make it.