By Adam Augustyn
Deviating from the romanticism of past works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a unique realism and a frequently severe view of yank society. With penetrating analyses, writers similar to Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered primary flaws in govt and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills similar to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will come across those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.
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However much he might deprecate his calling, it appears that he was committed to making a professional career for himself. He continued to write for newspapers, traveling to Hawaii for the Sacramento Union and also writing for New York newspapers, but he apparently wanted to become something more than a journalist. He went on his first lecture tour, speaking mostly on the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) in 1866. It was a success, and for the rest of his life, though he found touring grueling, he knew he could take to the lecture platform when he needed money.
He plunged into the capital’s social and political life, anxious to begin the reconstruction of a nation shattered by war. He called for civil service reform and retention of the silver standard. Adams wrote numerous essays exposing political corruption and warning against the growing power of economic monopolies, particularly railroads. These articles were published in Chapters of Erie and Other Essays (1871). The mediocrity of the nation’s “statesmen” constantly irritated him. Adams liked to repeat Pres.
But he was frustrated too—frustrated by financial difficulties but also by the public’s perception of him as a funnyman and nothing more. The persona of Mark Twain had become something of a curse for Samuel Clemens. Clemens published his next novel, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (serialized 1895–96), anonymously in hopes that the public might take it more seriously than a book bearing the Mark Twain name. The strategy did not work, for it soon became generally known that he was the author; when the novel was first published in book form, in 1896, his name appeared on the volume’s spine but not on its 35 7 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 7 title page.
American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 (The Britannica Guide to World Literature) by Adam Augustyn