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A controversial best-seller in 1977, The Public Burning has since emerged as one of the most influential novels of our time. The first major work of contemporary fiction ever to use living historical figures as characters, the novel reimagines the three fateful days in 1953 that culminated with the execution of alleged atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Vice-President Richard Nixon - the voraciously ambitious bad boy of the Eisenhower regime - is the dominant narrator in an enormous cast that includes Betty Crocker, Joe McCarthy, the Marx Brothers, Walter Winchell, Uncle Sam, his adversary The Phantom, and Time magazine incarnated as the National Poet Laureate. All of these and thousands more converge in Times Square for the carnivalesque auto-da-fe at which the Rosenbergs are put to death. And not a person present escapes implication in Cold War America's ruthless "public burning".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802135278
Author:
Coover, Robert
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Communists
Subject:
Rosenberg, Ethel
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Communists -- United States -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Grove Press ed.
Edition Description:
Grove Press
Series:
Coover, Robert
Series Volume:
no. 9304
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 27 lb

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