By Gail McDonald
This advent to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is geared up round 4 significant principles approximately the United States: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.
- Illustrates the creative and social weather within the united states in this period.
- Juxtaposes dialogue of background, pop culture, literature and different artwork types in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and persisted examine.
- An appendix lists correct fundamental and secondary works, together with websites.
- An excellent complement to fundamental texts taught in American literature courses.
Chapter 1 enormous (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four loose (pages 165–210):
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American Literature and Culture 1900-1960 by Gail McDonald