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By Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

An authoritative advisor to American literature, this spouse examines the experimental kinds, socio-cultural alterations, literary routine, and significant authors of the early twentieth century. This spouse offers authoritative and wide-ranging suggestions on early twentieth-century American fiction.

  • Considers in most cases studied authors resembling 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 diversified writers were interpreted of their personal day and the way present readings have accelerated our realizing in their cultural and literary value
  • Covers a wide variety of themes, together with the 1st and moment global Wars, literary language changes, writer star, the city panorama, modernism, the Jazz Age, the nice melancholy, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives scholars the contextual info important for formulating their very own reviews of vintage American fiction

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