The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work

The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post-World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work
Andrew Hoberek
Princeton University Press
2005

In The Twilight of the Middle Class, Andrew Hoberek challenges the commonly held notion that post-World War II American fiction eschewed the economic for the psychological or the spiritual. Reading works by Ayn Rand, Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and others, he shows how both the form and content of postwar fiction responded to the transformation of the American middle class from small property owners to white-collar employees.