Wealth and Virtue: Utopian Republicanism in Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities

  title={Wealth and Virtue: Utopian Republicanism in Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities},
  author={Henrik Torjusen},
  journal={American Studies in Scandinavia},
Tom Wolfe’s first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, has often been viewed as a satirical attack on Wall Street and the mentality of a city torn to pieces by ethnic strife. Wolfe’s reaction was to deny that his novel was a satire. This article argues not only that the pursuit of status and freedom has a serious and non-serious side in Wolfe’s works, but also that in Bonfire Wolfe’s actual ideal takes the shape of a utopian republicanism and leads back to a notion of a society consisting of… Expand


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