For half a century Lester Goran (b. 1928) has written fiction set in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This paper explores Goran's continuing attempts to map this evolving urban space in novels such as The Paratrooper of Mechanic Avenue (1960) and Bing Crosby's Last Song (1998). Passages in these novels are closely examined in relation to Pittsburgh’s postwar ‘urban renewal’ and the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh. Additional insights are drawn from an extensive 2008 interview with the author. Goran’s imaginative recreations of Sobaski’s Stairway (a fictionalised Hill District) and the Irish neighbourhood of Oakland constitute an unjustly ignored trove of postwar American urban realism. This paper seeks to redress the current neglect of Goran’s work.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Interdisciplinary themes journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- Lester Goran
- American literature
- urban writing