By turns hilarious and alarming, "American Mischief" is an ambitious attempt to define the disorders of American culture. Originally published in 1970, the novel takes on sexual anarchy, political madness, the collapse of monogamy, and above all the high cost of extreme behavior. These aspects of American culture are richly illustrated by the novel s two protagonists: Professor Bernard Kovell, a supreme and comical narcissist who dotes on lofty analogies while performing very low acts, and Lenny Pincus, a young radical fishing for more trouble than he can handle."
Alan Lelchuk was born and raised in Brooklyn. He is author of the novels "Brooklyn Boy," recently reprinted by the University of Wisconsin Press, "On Home Ground," "Shrinking," "Miriam at Thirty-four," "Miriam in Her Forties," and "Playing the Game." He is on the faculty of Dartmouth College and is cofounder of Steerforth Press. His newest book is "Ziff: A Life?"