Business v. Literature

October 8, 2011 | 1 book mentioned 1

Have the literati really framed the way we think about capitalism by disparaging business practices? If so, ForbesBruce Upbin is asking readers for examples of books (other than Mildred Pierce) in which business is portrayed nicely.

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  1. Bruce: Great blog. Good question…my examples: NORTH AND SOUTH by Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell (an incredibly fantastic book written in the 19th century); SERENA by Ron Rash (a regional writer from N. Carolina writing about the lumber business in NC during the depression, although both business and politicians and do-gooders come off badly!, but at least it’s all equal!); SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey (more contemporary novel about the lumber business in the Northwest); “GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS” by David Mamet (but not nice); “MAJOR BARBARA” by George Bernard Shaw (GBS, in spite of himself, has the major character capitalist coming off as better, more moral, more ethical than the socialists!); the usual Ayn Rand novels; THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH by Saul Bellow; can’t think of others off the top of my head right now, but I’ll work on it.

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