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A Student's History of American Literature
Read "A Student's History of American Literature."
American Literature Anthologies
American literature has a rich and varied history. These books present literature from the Native American trickster and creation tales through Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Hart, Mark Twain, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Jack London, and more.
In American Studies, Louis Menand combines nervous breakdown, racism, and antisemitism. He brings together these seemingly opposing forces to explore the importance of time, morality, and that little thing called writing. "We look backward for clues," and he says it's because "we have no place left to look." Are we disillusioned or just lost in the maze of literary history and culture?
American Writers in Paris
Paris has been an extraordinary destination for American writers, including: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, E. E. Cummings, Cole Porter, Henry Miller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, and John Dos Passos.
Emerson: Author of Books - Transcendentalist
Bliss Perry writes about Emerson in The American Spirit in Literature.
from D.H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American Literature
D.H. Lawrence writes about Classic American Literature.
Studies in Classic American Literature
Read "Studies in Classic American Literature," by D.H. Lawrence.
The First Colonial Literature
Discover Early Colonial Literature.
The Knickerbocker Group
Bliss Perry writes about the Knickerbocker Group.
Bliss Perry writes about the pioneers in The American Spirit in Literature.
Here's more info on transcendentalists in The American Spirit in Literature.
West of the Border
"West of the Border" is a discussion of the borderland upon which multicultural writers position themselves. Noreen Groover Lape explores the contradictions in American society, brought about by cultural contact points.
The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
The war signals a time of reinvention — accomplished through spoken and written work. Here, John Rhodehamel has collected some 120 works: letters, diaries, newspaper articles, public declarations, contemporary narratives, and private memoranda. Read on.
Book Review: Gone with the Wind (1939)
A short summary and review for Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.
Review: The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
A summary and review of Ernest Hemingway's posthumously published novel, The Garden of Eden.
William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
A summary and review of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, with mention of its history of being banned.
Review: Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs
A short summary and review of William Burroughs's serial collection, Exterminator!
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A short summary and review of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
The Sirens of Titan (1959) by Kurt Vonnegut
A brief summary and review of Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan
A Lost Lady (1923) by Willa Cather
A brief summary and review of Willa Cather's 1923 novel, A Lost Lady.
Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (1907) by Mark Twain
A brief summary and review for Mark Twain's 1907 Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.
The Autobiography of Mark Twain
A brief summary and review for Mark Twain's Autobiography.
Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin
A brief summary and review for James Baldwin's classic gay novel, Giovanni's Room.