First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1900 to 1930, this fourth volume of American Literature in Context focuses on how American literature dealt with the challenges of the period including the First World War and the stock market crash. It examines key writers of the time such as Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F Scott Fitzgerald and Eugene O’Neill who, unlike many Americans who sought escape, confronted reality, providing a rich and varied literature that reflects these turbulent years.
This book will be of interest to those studying American literature and American studies.
General Editor’s Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Edith Wharton 2. Henry Adams 3. Henry James 4. Gertrude Stein 5. Wallace Stevens 6. Ezra Pound 7. Sherwood Anderson 8. Sinclair Lewis 9. Jean Toomer 10. H. L. Mencken 11. F. Scott Fitzgerald 12. Ernest Hemingway 13. Eugene O’Neill 14. William Faulkner; Bibliography; Index
First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1620-1930, these four volumes present a coherent, consecutive and comprehensive sequence of interpretations of major American texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Every chapter includes an extract from the chosen text which serves as a springboard for wider discussion and analysis. Each analysis demonstrates how students can move into and then from the pages of literature to a consideration of the whole text, and thence to an understanding of the author’s oeuvre and of the cultural moment in which he or she lived and wrote.
This set will be a valuable resource for students of American literature and American studies.