By Gail McDonald
This advent to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is geared up round 4 significant rules approximately the USA: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.
- Illustrates the inventive and social weather within the united states in this period.
- Juxtaposes dialogue of background, pop culture, literature and different paintings varieties in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and persisted research.
- An appendix lists correct basic and secondary works, together with websites.
- An excellent complement to basic texts taught in American literature courses.
Chapter 1 significant (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four unfastened (pages 165–210):
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1630 And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
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Some who relocated met with success and improved working conditions. Others, however, found their lives little improved by having fled to the city. In the first chapter of Native Son (1940), Richard Wright describes the confined, even suffocating space in which Bigger Thomas resides with his family in Chicago. So small is the apartment that Bigger and his 23 ALAC01 23 29/06/2006, 02:53PM BIG brother must physically turn away from their sister and mother in order to afford the women privacy to dress.