The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature, 1st Edition

  • Laurie E. Rozakis
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  • ISBN-10: 0786531681
  • ISBN-13: 9780786531684
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 496 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 1999 | Published/Released May 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 1999

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You're no idiot, of course. You know that Samuel Clemens had a better-known pen name, Moby Dick is a famous whale, and the Raven only said, "Nevermore." But when it comes to understanding the great works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe, you'd rather rent the videos than head to your local library. Don't tear up your library card yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature teaches you all about the rich tradition of American prose and poetry, so you can fully appreciate its magnificent diversity.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Contents at a Glance.
1: A New Land, a New Literature (1607–1840).
2: America the Beautiful—and Talented.
3: In the Beginning: America's First Writers (1607–1750).
4: Don't Tread on Me: The Revolutionary Period (1750–1800).
5: The Big Daddy of American Literature: Washington Irving (1789–1851).
6: Father of the American Novel: James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851).
7: Life on the Ledge: Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849).
8: The New England Renaissance (1840–1855).
9: The Sage of Concord: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).
10: Nature Boy: Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862).
11: Nate the Great: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864).
12: Just Don't Call Me Hermie: Herman Melville (1819–1891).
13: The War Between the States (1855–1865).
14: The Little Woman Who Started This Great Big War: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896).
15: Rebel with a Cause: Frederick Douglass (1817–1895).
16: That Barbaric Yawp: Walt Whitman (1819–1892).
17: The Big Mama of American Literature: Emily Dickinson (1830–1886).
18: Realism and the Frontier (1865–1915).
19: Samuel Clemens: A.K.A. Mark Twain (1835–1910).
20: Life Is Short and Then You Die: Stephen Crane (1871–1900).
21: Three on a Match: The Naturalists Jack London, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser (1890–1925).
22: Color My World: The Local Colorists.
23: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Edith Wharton and Henry James.
24: Modern Literature (1915–1945).
25: Macho, Macho Man: Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961).
26: Party Hearty: F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940).
27: Mint Juleps, Moonlight, and Madness: William Faulkner (1897–1962).
28: Three Big Deals: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and John Steinbeck.
29: A Pack of Poets (1900–1960).
30: The Harlem Renaissance (1915–1929).
31: Cult Figures (1945–Present).
32: Horror and Humor (1930–1960).
33: Contemporary Literature (1946–Present).
34: Jewish-American Literature.
35: Contemporary African-American Literature.
36: Modern Canadian Literature.
37: Native-American, Latino-American, and Asian-American Literature.
38: New Frontiers.
The Authors and Their Most Famous Works.
Additional Reading.