16. The “Gilded Age”

Genteel Critics and Militant Muckrakers

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch16

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) The “Gilded Age”, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • “Gilded Age” genteel critics and militant muckrakers;
  • The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Dudley Warner, age of big business;
  • problems and evils of laissez-faire capitalism;
  • novels of social criticism, “genteel criticism” and “muckraking”;
  • picaresque adventures in The Gilded Age;
  • American “Genteel Tradition,” philosophical and aesthetic environment;
  • Jackson, exposing treatment of Native Americans by US government;
  • “Muckraking” in journalism and fiction;
  • era of great magazines and newspapers;
  • muckraking in the American jungle, persistence of naturalism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Picaresque Adventures in The Gilded Age

  • The Genteel Critics

  • “Muckraking” in Journalism and Fiction

  • Muckraking in the American Jungle: The Persistence of Naturalism