By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

ISBN-10: 1405133678

ISBN-13: 9781405133678

An authoritative consultant to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental kinds, socio-cultural alterations, literary events, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This better half presents authoritative and wide-ranging advice on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers regularly studied authors resembling 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 different writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have extended our realizing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a large diversity of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language modifications, writer famous person, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual details worthwhile for formulating their very own opinions of vintage American fiction

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