This is a socio-economic study of twentieth-century American literature that reveals why mainstream businessmen must either discipline, suppress, or kill boyish tendencies that collide with do-or-die codes of the American corporate psychostructure. Contents: Competition, Expectation, and the American Corporate Psyche; Life-or-Death Dealing: Dress and Behavior Codes in American Business; Against the Fires of Ilium: Vonnegut's Restless Engineer in Player Piano; The Catcher in the Rye: Irreconcilable Tension in Salinger's Peter Pan; The Boy Inside the Salesman: "Tired to the Death" in Miller's Death of A Salesman; Rabbit in the Showroom: Healthy, Wealthy, and No Place Left to Run; The Boy Inside Bob Slocum: The Ambiguity of "Death" by "Asphyxiation" in Heller's Something Happened; The Boy Inside the Banker; A Concluding Interview.
The Boy Inside the American Businessman
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