New PDF release: American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 (The Britannica

By Adam Augustyn

ISBN-10: 1615302344

ISBN-13: 9781615302345

Deviating from the romanticism of past works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a special realism and a regularly severe view of yankee society. With penetrating analyses, writers reminiscent of Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered primary flaws in govt and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills akin to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will stumble upon those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.

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In 1877 he resigned to edit the papers of Thomas Jefferson’s treasury secretary, Albert Gallatin. S. history, Adams completed two biographies, The Life of Albert Gallatin (1879) and John Randolph (1882). He continued to delve into the nation’s early national period, hoping to understand the nature of an evolving American democracy. This study culminated in his nine-volume History of the United States of America during the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, a scholarly work that received immediate acclaim after its publication (1889–91).

Dickinson sent more poems to her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson, a cultivated reader, than to any other known correspondent. Repeatedly professing eternal allegiance, these poems often imply that there was a certain distance between the two—that the sister-in-law was felt to be haughty, remote, or even incomprehensible. Yet Susan admired the poetry’s wit and verve and offered the kind of personally attentive audience Dickinson craved. 62 7 From the Civil War to 1914 7 On one occasion, Susan’s dissatisfaction with a poem, “Safe in their alabaster chambers,” resulted in the drafting of alternative stanzas.

In a steady succession of books that are almost alike except for the names of their characters, he preached that by honesty, cheerful perseverance, and hard work, the poor but virtuous lad would have his just reward— though the reward was almost always precipitated by a stroke of good luck. Alger’s novels had enormous popular appeal at a time when great personal fortunes were being made and seemingly unbounded opportunities for advancement Horatio Alger. C. 44 7 From the Civil War to 1914 7 States’ burgeoning industrial cities.

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