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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.

RICHARD YARBOROUGH: The American dream is possibility. The American dream is freedom.

ANDREW DELBANCO: 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.

MAUREEN HOWARD: 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.


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The American Novel