By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein
An authoritative consultant to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental types, socio-cultural alterations, literary events, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This spouse presents authoritative and wide-ranging counsel on early twentieth-century American fiction.
- Considers regularly studied authors equivalent to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval via Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
- Examines how the works of those assorted writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have elevated our knowing in their cultural and literary importance
- Covers a wide variety of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language transformations, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
- Gives scholars the contextual details priceless for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction
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