This work analyzes the development of these three writers from early naturalism to existential freedom, with emphasis on Dostoevsky's influence on Wright and Ellison. It examines the tensions in each writer's presentation of the dialectic of the individual and community, personality and responsibility, and revolt and creative assertion.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. 202 pp.
Contents: Chapter I: Dostoevsky's Early Socialism and Reaction against Determinism - Chapter II: Wright's and Ellison's Radical
Commitment and Drifting from Naturalism - Chapter III: The Debate on Self-Will: Crime and Punishment, Native Son, and
The Outsider - Chapter IV: Creative Revolt and Responsibility: The Devils, The Brothers Karamazov, «The Man
Who Lived Underground», and Invisible Man.