The book is certainly about the King James Bible and its impact on the style of several American prose masters - Melville (Moby-Dick), Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises), Cormac McCarthy (The Road), Bellow (Seize the Day), and it succeeds marvelously as a study of the KJV's influence. But it is also a study of style in general, and as a study it is filled with marvelous insights about style that I think deserve attention.
Showing the radically different manners in which the words, idioms, syntax, and cadences of this Bible are woven into Moby-Dick, Absalom, Absalom!, The Sun Also Rises, Seize the Day, Gilead, and The Road, Alter reveals the wide variety of stylistic and imaginative possibilities that American novelists have found in Scripture.
Robert Alter earned his bachelor's degree in English (Columbia University, 1957), and . Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible, 2010, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-12881-2.
Robert Alter earned his bachelor's degree in English (Columbia University, 1957), and his master's degree (1958) and doctorate (1962) from Harvard University in comparative literature. He has written twenty-three books, and is noted most recently for his translations of sections of the Bible. The Book of Genesis, translation by Robert Alter, illustrated by R. Crumb, 2009, .
In Pen of Iron, the eminent Bible scholar and translator Robert Alter recounts a small yet telling part of the story of American literature's attunement to the King James Bible. Exploring the way the KJB has impacted both the prose and worldviews of select American authors-mainly Lincoln, Melville, Faulkner, Hemingway, Bellow, and Cormac McCarthy-Alter shows that, even when they parody it or contend with its legacies (as Melville and Faulkner did), the King James Bible remains an enduring point of reference, if not a moral center of gravity, in their work
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In this book, acclaimed biblical translator and literary critic Robert Alter traces some of the fascinating ways that American novelists-from Melville, Hemingway, and Faulkner to Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy-have drawn on the rich stylistic resources of the canonical English Bible to fashion their own strongly resonant styles and distinctive visions of reality.
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A historically biblically-literate people, the King James Version Bible has woven its way into American literature . Please Note: While this book deals with the KJV 1611 version in literature, it does not always reflect current conservative opinions on issues such as a literal creation.
A historically biblically-literate people, the King James Version Bible has woven its way into American literature not only through direct biblical allusions and quotes, but also through its poetic style. ▲. Title: Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible By: Robert Alter Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 208 Vendor: Princeton University Press. Publication Date: 2010 Dimensions: . 0 X . 0 (inches) ISBN: 0691128812 ISBN-13: 9780691128818 Stock No: WW128818.
King James in America. Most of our critics and scholars have hardly any idea what’s actually in the Bible. By itself, this little mistake wouldn’t amount to much. But it happens all the time.