american literature overview

  • Puritansim

    Anne Bradstreet
  • Rationalism

    Patrick Henry
  • Romanticism

    Ralph Waldo
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    depicted ordinary people in real life situations, forces more powerful than any individual shaped destiny.
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    objective aditude towards the world and human affairs.
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    Generally composed of storys about areas and their conection with a certian time peirod, for example if the story was set in the south around the 1950s it'd have a lot to do with coping with jim crow laws.
  • Mark Twain

    Mark Twain
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Stephen Crane

    Stephen Crane
    The story "The Red Badge of Courage" is about a Union regiment going into a battle in the Civil war.
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Paul Laurence Dunbar
    "We Wear the Mask" is about how humans put on a makes for other people to hide their sadness, pain or turmoil that they are going through. By saying this Dunbar means that humans lie to eachother to make them think that everything is alright .
  • Kate Chopin

    Kate Chopin
    The Awakening
  • Jack London

    Jack London
    Call of the wild
  • Willa Cather

    A Wagner Matinee
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    Harlem Renaissance

    Originated in northern Manhattan, in Harlem. The Harlem Renaissance was a phase of a larger new negro movement. African Americans migrated from fual southern states to the northern cities where they hoped to find more freedom. Writings during this time period expressed African American experience, captured the sights,sounds,and emotions of modern urban life. Authors focused on folk tradition. Themes such as alienation and marginality were shown.
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    World war 1 made people rethink about what it ment to be human, and was the bloodest war. In 1917 the United States joined the allies. After the war crime rose, radio arrived, as well as jazz. In 1929 the stock market crashed causing people to lose jobs, making them find work on huge public projects. During this time period authors wrote about the war and disalusionment. The writtings of these authors tended to be negative, fictional,with themes such as loss and truth is questionable.
  • Robert Frost

    Robert Frost
    "The Road Not Taken" I think this story is about someone who has two choices in life and dosent kjnow which to chose. He eventualy decideds think that he can always come back and go in the other direction later, but realizes that once he choices one path he will not be able to go down the other cause the one he choose will lead him to more and different decisions.
  • T.S. Eliot

    "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock"
    This poem is about an inhibited man who is pained by his own passivity and invites who ever is listening on a jounry with him. Not sure where he is going the most important part of his journey takes place within prufrock's emotions, memory, and intellect as he meditates on his life. (background, pg.708 in lit book)
  • F.Scott Fitzgerald

    F.Scott Fitzgerald
    "The Great Gatsby"
    This story is about a self-made man whose dreams of love and social acceptance end in tragedy. This book is said to be one of the greatest novels in American literature. (An American masterpiece, pg. 729 in lit book)
  • William Faulkner

    William Faulkner
    "As I Lay Dying" Is about a poor family who go on a six day journey to bury their mother. This story has fifteen different points of views and explores people's perspectives on death. As I Lay Dying was a masterpiece of narrative experimentation. (Experimenting with narration, pg. 815 in li book)
  • Zora Neale Hurston

    Zora Neale Hurston
    "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is about a black woman named Janie Crawford who is in search for love and her true self. (
  • John steinbeck

    John steinbeck
    "The Grapes of Wrath"
    this novel is said to be steinbecks finest novel.In this story a family of Oklahoma farmers are evicted from their land and forced to become migrant workers in California. The grapes of Wrath aroused public sympathy for the plight of farm workers. ( The Great Novel, Pg. 757 in lit book)
  • Eudora Welty

    Eudora Welty
    "A Worn Path" is about an old woman whose feelings of love and sense of duty motivate her to make a long and painful journey through the countryside. The setting of this story is during the great depression in Mississippi. (traveling and writing/background, pg. 847-849 in lit book)
  • Richard Wright

    "Native Son" is about a twenty year old black american youth living in poverty named Bigger Thomas who has killed a white woman in moment of panic. This story takes you through his journey to jail and what is means to be black in America
  • E.E.Cummings

    "old age Sticks" was published with a series of his poems form 1913-1968. I think old age sticks might be about that no one wants to grow up and get old and they try to fight it but eventually no matter what you do you will grow up and get old and there is nothing you can do about it.
  • Ernest Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway
    "For Whom the Bell Tolls" was one of the works that earned Hemingway the Nobel Prize in Literature. This novel is about a man named Robert Jordan who is an American in the international brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the spanish civil war. ( google, for whom th ebell tolls, books by Ernest Hemingway)
  • Langston Hughes

    Langston Hughes
    "I, Too" is about a darker skinned man during times when there was discrimination. The man in the poem says that he is made to eat in the kitchen when guests are over and dosent get to do the same things as the white people. He claims that is is unfair because he is an american just like them and that he is no diffrent just because of his skin color and that one day he will be eating at the table when geusts come over and have freedom and that the whites will be ashamed for what they have done.
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    The United States emerges from world war 2 as the most powerful nation on earth. After the war soldiers come home, rationing of scarce goods ends, and the nation prospers. The cold war begans soon after world war 2 ends. American troops help anticommunist south korean forces against a noth korean invasion. Segregation in public schools is outlawed. Writers during this period used irony and humor in their writings, and use themes such as recovery and rebellion, and celebratory.
  • J.D.Salinger

    "The Catcher in the Rye" is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who recounts the days folloowing his expulsion from school after a fight with his roomate. This story showes the stuggle against death and growing up of a teenager. (
  • Ralph Ellison

    Ralph Ellison
    "The Invisible Man" is a novel that adresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African Americans in the twentieth century. The invisible man won the u.s. national book award in 1953.
  • Arthur Miller

    Arthur Miller
    "The Crucible" is a playwrite of the salem witch trials in Massachusetts Bay
  • Flannery O' Connor

    Flannery O' Connor
    " A Good Man is Hard to Find" is a short story about a family who is getting ready to go on vication to florida. The grandmother however want to go to tennessee and visit relatives and use the excuse that a murder is loose in florida to persuade her son bailey to change his mind but he dosen't. The grandmother is forced to make best of the trip. After stoping for lunch the family gets back in the car were they end up in a ditch an come face to face with the murder. (
  • Harper Lee

    Harper Lee
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Toni Morrison

    Toni Morrison
    "Beloved" is a true story of Margaret Garner who is an escaped slave who was recaptured by her master. ( a novelist's eye, pg.1095 in lit book)
  • Romanticism