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Published: 02 February 2009

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195326604

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Writing the Rapture

Prophecy Fiction in Evangelical America

Crawford Gribben

In this book Crawford Gribben offers the only full-length history, description, and analysis of the rapture-novel genre. The late 1980s, which saw a renaissance of the evangelical imagination, culminated in the creation of the Left Behind series, co-authored by Tim La Haye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The novels in this series, Gribben shows, are astonishingly derivative -- borrowing entire characters and significant incidents from earlier books. Analyzing the unexpected publishing success of the Left Behind novels, he characterizes the series as a barometer of evangelical popular opinion.