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The Way Home: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter includes an extensive production history of Wyler's best film (and second Oscar winner), The Best Years of Our Lives. Topics covered include Samuel Goldwyn's hiring Pulitzer ... More


First American: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Brian J. Snee

in Lincoln before Lincoln: Early Cinematic Adaptations of the Life of America's Greatest President

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167473
eISBN:
9780813167800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167473.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses John Cromwell’s Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940). The film focuses on Lincoln’s early life and presents him as the ideological descendant of the Founding Fathers.The analysis ... More


A Passionate Addiction to Lincoln

Nina Silber

in This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646541
eISBN:
9781469646565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646541.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

No historical figure became as prominent in 1930s America as Abraham Lincoln. Once seen mainly as a figure of moderation and reconciliation, Lincoln became a more powerful figure associated with ... More


William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Kathleen Riley

in Imagining Ithaca: Nostos and Nostalgia Since the Great War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198852971
eISBN:
9780191887390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852971.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 3 locates William Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives within a climate of problematized nostos in the concluding years of World War II. It approaches the film as a tripartite Odyssey about ... More


Carson McCullers’s ‘Look Homeward, Americans’ (1940)

Kathleen Riley

in Imagining Ithaca: Nostos and Nostalgia Since the Great War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198852971
eISBN:
9780191887390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852971.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 11 takes a short essay by Carson McCullers as the basis for a discussion of America’s national trait of being ‘homesick most for the places we have never known’. It considers this phenomenon ... More


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