OUTLAWS AND BIG BUSINESS, THE ENDURING NATURE OF T...

In early American literature, the frontier assumed a key importance as both a motif of the early pioneering days of a new country and a means of exploring law and morality. From Fenimore Cooper to Melville, with his use of the microcosm of early American society in the Pequod and Ahab’s mad quest on the frontier of the oceans, from Mark Twain to Cormac McCarthy, whose use of the theme shows that America is still anchored to the Wild West, the frontier features again and again in various settings. One thing that is prevalent is the fact that the idea of the frontier and the Virgin Land lingers in the American psyche like a facet of the great...