Berger, Thomas


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Berger, Thomas

(bûr`gər), 1924–2014, American novelist, b. Cincinnati, grad. Univ. of Cincinnati (B.A., 1948). He is known for bitterly comic novels that often deal with the chasm he perceives between the American dream and the unpleasant realities of middle-class life. His novelistic series Crazy in Berlin (1958), Reinhart in Love (1962), Vital Parts (1970), and Reinhart's Women (1981) follows a picaresque, sometime title character through the vagaries of four decades of 20th-century American life. Berger also made witty and satiric use of several literary genres—the Western in Little Big Man (1964, film 1970), his best known and most critically acclaimed work, and its sequel, The Return of Little Big Man (1999); the horror novel in Killing Time (1967); the detective story in Who Is Teddy Villanova? (1977); the spy tale in Nowhere (1985); and science fiction in Adventures of the Artificial Woman (2004). His other novels include Sneaky People (1975), The Feud (1983), Orrie's Story (1990), Meeting Evil (1992), Robert Crews (1994), and Best Friends (2003).

Bibliography

See biography by B. Landon (1989) and studies by D. W. Madden, ed. (1995) and B. Landon (2009).

References in periodicals archive ?
Berger, Thomas Luchmann, Aspects sociologiques du pluralisme, in rev.
The book is as up-to-date as could possibly be expected; important published work of the last five years, including that of John Nadas, Margaret Bent, Rob Wegman, Anna Maria Busse Berger, Thomas Brothers, David Fallows, and Patrick Macey, shows the continuing vitality of musicological scholarship on fifteenth-century subjects without calling for major changes in Strohm's account.
Sheila Berger, Thomas Hardy and Visual Structures (New York UP, 1990), 224 pp.