American Literature Timeline

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In History
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    Neoclassicism

    "Neoclassicism (c. 1660–1798): A literary movement, inspired by the rediscovery of classical works of ancient Greece and Rome that emphasized balance, restraint, and order. Neoclassicism roughly coincided with the Enlightenment, which espoused reason over passion. Notable neoclassical writers include Edmund Burke, John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift."
    -http://sparkcharts.sparknotes.com/lit/literaryterms/section5.php
  • The Declaration of Independence is ratified

    The Declaration of Independence is ratified
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    Transcendentalism

  • Civil Disobedience of published

    An essay written by Henry David Thoreau.
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    The Civil War

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    Realism

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    Naturalism

    "Naturalism (c. 1865–1900): A literary movement that used detailed realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity, and environment had inescapable force in shaping human character. Leading writers in the movement include Émile Zola, Theodore Dreiser, and Stephen Crane."
    -http://sparkcharts.sparknotes.com/lit/literaryterms/section5.php
  • President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Written by Mark Twain
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    Modernism

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    Modern Age

    "An age of disillusionment and confusion—just look at what was happening in history in the US during these dates—this period brought us perhaps our best writers. The authors during this period raised all the great questions of life…but offered no answers. Faulkner, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Frost are all examples."
    -http://staff.gps.edu/gaither/literary_movements.htm
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    The Lost Generation

    "Lost Generation (c. 1918–1930s): A term used to describe the generation of writers, many of them soldiers that came to maturity during World War I. Notable members of this group include F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, and Ernest Hemingway, whose novel The Sun Also Rises embodies the Lost Generation’s sense of disillusionment."
    http://sparkcharts.sparknotes.com/lit/literaryterms/section5.php
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    The Harlem Renaissance

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    Post-Modernism

  • The Great Gatbsy is published

    The Great Gatbsy is published
    The Great Gatsby Written by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Their Eyes were Watching God is published

    Their Eyes were Watching God is published
    Their Eyes were Watching God Written by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Grapes of Wrath is published

    The Grapes of Wrath is published
    Written by John Steinberg
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    The Beat Generation

  • The Catcher in the Rye is published

    The Catcher in the Rye is published
    The Catcher in the RyeWritten by J.D. Salinger Written by J.D. Salinger
  • Lord of the Flies is published

    Lord of the Flies is published
    Written by WIlliam Golding
  • Jailhouse Rock is released

    Sung by Elvis Presley
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is published

    To Kill a Mockingbird is published
    Written by Harper Lee.
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco is released

    Sung by Tony Bennett
  • Assassination of JFK

    Assassination of JFK
  • The Road Not Taken is published

    A poem written by Robert Frost.
  • Yellow Submarine is released

    Sung by the Beetles.
  • Apollo 11 lands on the moon

    Apollo 11 lands on the moon
  • Beat It is released

    Sung by Michael Jackson
  • The Giver is published

    The Giver is published
    Written by Lois Lowry.
  • Terrorists crash a plane into the Twin Towers on 9-11

    Terrorists crash a plane into the Twin Towers on 9-11
  • The Kite Runner is pulished

    The Kite Runner is pulished
    Written by Khaled Hosseini
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is published

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is published
    Written by the brilliant, J.K. Rowling.
  • Barak Obama is the first person on color to become president of the U.S.