By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein
An authoritative advisor to American literature, this better half examines the experimental types, socio-cultural alterations, literary hobbies, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This spouse offers authoritative and wide-ranging information on early twentieth-century American fiction.
- Considers regularly studied authors corresponding to Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, along key texts of the interval by way of Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
- Examines how the works of those various writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have extended our knowing in their cultural and literary value
- Covers a large variety of subject matters, together with the 1st and moment international Wars, literary language transformations, writer big name, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
- Gives scholars the contextual info helpful for formulating their very own evaluations of vintage American fiction
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A concise companion to American fiction, 1900-1950 by Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein