By Sinclair Lewis
One of many first highway journey novels, loose Air is the tale of Claire Boltwood, a tender heiress who, within the early days of the car, takes a street journey from ny to the Pacific coast. releasing in all senses, Claire's street journey frees her from the stern confines of aristocratic lifestyles, as she reveals love and settles right into a new existence some distance faraway from her entitled upbringing.
A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Sinclair Lewis wrote tales seriously encouraged via America's urbanization, industrialization and lack of frontier within the post-war period.
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Both drew upon ancient Greek epiphaneia as a resistance to Roman Catholicism. Moreover, both referred to Thomas Aquinas to explain their theories of epiphany. Their ways of handling Aquinian thought formed the crucial difference between Joyce and Heidegger’s concepts of epiphany, and these alternative conceptions of epiphany would result in substantially different forms of being. Since Joyce accepted Aquinas’s view of truth as a correspondence between the mind and the thing perceived, his version of epiphany is a correspondent vision, resulting in a self who is a “subject,” both in the Cartesian and the political sense.
58). ”3 Heidegger thus defines phenomenon as “that which shows itself in itself, the manifest,” which he distinguishes from “semblance,” “appearance,” and “mere appearance” (Being 51). In this thought-system, the opposite of the phenomenon is not the transcendent. Rather, it is the concealed. “Covered-up-ness is the counter-concept to ‘phenomenon,’” he writes (60), but “Phenomenological truth (the disclosure of Being) is veritas transcendentalis” (62, original italics). Once uncovered, a particular type of being shows itself as exactly what it already was, similar to Stephen’s experience with the Ballast Office clock.
Young, cocky, and poor, he wrote down his theory in pieces from 1901–1906, as he set about forging in the smithy of his soul the uncreated conscience of his race. Joyce would later portray epiphany as a youthful fad or infatuation. In the early twentieth century, however, an august, even “ponderous” (Safranski 410), thinker independently developed a parallel theory of epiphany: Martin Heidegger, whose Being and Time (Sein und Zeit) (1927) is one of the most significant philosophical works of the last century.
Free Air by Sinclair Lewis