Monday, June 15, 2009
THE AMERICAN SOUL
The New York Review of Books has an article about Patricia Highsmith this week. Included in the article is a quote from D.H. Lawrence. "The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer."
Certainly Ripley is the prime example. Lawrence himself though was talking about Natty Bumpo. You can see this play out in real life with men like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. But what about in fiction?
Do you agree with Lawrence's assessment? And if so, what are some good examples in fiction and in real life of this rather scary figure?