Category: American Literature

  • Download The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder PDF

    By Thornton Wilder

    "On Friday midday, July the 20 th, 1714, the best bridge in all Peru broke and prompted 5 tourists into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence, Thornton Wilder starts off The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of many towering achievements in American fiction and a unique learn through the world.

    By probability, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper seeks to end up that it used to be divine intervention instead of likelihood that ended in the deaths of these who perished within the tragedy. His learn ends up in his personal dying -- and to the author's undying research into the character of affection and the that means of the human condition.

    The Bridge of San Luis Rey is now reissued during this good-looking hardcover version that includes a brand new foreword by means of Russell Banks. Tappan Wilder has written an enticing and thought-provoking afterword, inclusive of unpublished notes for the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, illuminating images, and different awesome documentary fabric. Granville Hicks's insightful remark approximately Wilder indicates an inveterate fact: "As a craftsman he's moment to none, and there are few who've regarded deeper into the human heart."
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  • Download Plantation Airs: Racial Paternalism and the Transformations by Brannon Costello PDF

    By Brannon Costello

    In Plantation Airs, Brannon Costello argues persuasively for brand new cognizance to the customarily missed factor of sophistication in southern literary stories. targeting the connection among racial paternalism and social type in American novels written after international struggle II, Costello asserts that good into the 20 th century, attitudes and behaviors linked to an idealized model of agrarian antebellum aristocracy -- particularly, these of racial paternalism -- have been believed to be crucial for white southerners. the rich hired them to validate their identities as "aristocrats," whereas less-affluent whites used them to split themselves from "white trash" within the social hierarchy. Even those that weren't valid heirs of plantation-owning households discovered that "putting on airs" linked to the legacy of the plantation may possibly align them with the forces of energy and privilege and provide them a degree of authority within the public area that they may another way lack.

    Fiction via Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Ernest Gaines, Walker Percy, and others unearths, notwithstanding, that the racial paternalism relevant to type formation and mobility within the South was once unraveling within the years after global battle II, while the civil rights circulate and the South's expanding industrialization dramatically altered southern lifestyles. Costello demonstrates that those writers have been keenly conscious of the ways that the adjustments sweeping the South complex the deeply embedded constructions that ruled the connection among race and sophistication. He additional contends that the cave in of racial paternalism as a way of organizing category lies on the middle in their most crucial works -- together with Hurston's Seraph at the Suwanee and her essay "The 'Pet Negro' System," Welty's Delta marriage ceremony and The think about middle, Faulkner's The Mansion and The Reivers, Gaines's of affection and dirt and his tale "Bloodline," and Percy's The final Gentleman and Love within the Ruins.

    By reading ways that those works depict and critique the autumn of the plantation perfect and its aftermath, Plantation Airs shows the richness and complexity of the literary responses to this intersection of race and sophistication. figuring out what percentage of the fashionable South's most sensible writers imagined and engaged a few of the features of racial paternalism of their fiction, Costello confirms, is helping readers build a extra finished photograph of the problems and contradictions of sophistication within the South.

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  • Download The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and by Keith Gandal PDF

    By Keith Gandal

    Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner stand because the American voice of the good struggle. yet was once it war that drove them to put in writing? now not in line with Keith Gandal, who argues that the authors' well-known postwar novels have been stimulated no longer through their studies of the horrors of conflict yet quite by way of their failure to have these stories. those 'quintessential' male American novelists of the Twenties have been all, for various purposes, deemed improper as applicants for complete army provider or command. consequently, Gandal contends, they felt themselves emasculated--not, because the ordinary tale is going, because of their encounters with trench struggle, yet simply because they obtained nowhere close to the true motion. Bringing to gentle formerly unexamined military documents, together with new information regarding the intelligence exams, The Gun and the Pen demonstrates that the authors' annoyed army pursuits came about within the forgotten context of the extraordinary U.S. mobilization for the nice struggle, a thorough attempt to rework the military right into a meritocratic establishment, detached to ethnic and sophistication distinction (though to not racial difference). For those misplaced new release writers, the humiliating failure vis-?-vis the military intended a humiliation ahead of girls and an lack of ability to compete effectively in a emerging social order, opposed to a brand new set of individuals. The Gun and the Pen restores those seminal novels to their right old context and gives a massive revision of our figuring out of America's postwar literature.
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  • Download Break It Down by Lydia Davis PDF

    By Lydia Davis

    The thirty-four tales during this seminal assortment powerfully show what became Lydia Davis's trademarks—dexterity, brevity, understatement, and shock. even supposing the understanding of her prose indicates a global of virtually medical cause and readability, her characters express us that lifestyles, concept, and language are filled with disorder.

    Break It Down is Davis at her top. within the phrases of Jonathan Franzen, she is "a magician of self-consciousness."
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  • Download Une chanson douce by Mary Higgins Clark PDF

    By Mary Higgins Clark

    Kate gît, inconsciente et grièvement brûlée, sur un lit d'hôpital. los angeles jeune femme a réussi à échapper aux flammes qui ont ravagé, en pleine nuit, los angeles manufacture familiale de meubles anciens et le bâtiment attenant où étaient stockées de précieuses antiquités.

    Simple coincidence ? Pour l. a. police qui enquête sur l. a. l'explosion à l'origine de l'incendie, Kate est suspecte : que faisait-elle là à une heure si tardive, elle qui travaille aujourd'hui pour une des plus grandes sociétés d'audit ? Pour innocenter sa soeur, Hannah est décidée à aller chercher sous les cendres los angeles clé de cette inquiétante énigme. Au risque de découvrir un dangereux mystery. l. a. douce mélodie du passé devient vite entêtante quand los angeles reine du suspense nous entraîne au coeur d'un fascinant mystère familial, hanté par un tueur sans scrupules.
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  • Download Boston: A Documentary Novel by Upton Sinclair PDF

    By Upton Sinclair

    A prosperous dowager confronts the brutality of the category approach and fights for justice during this dramatic account of the Sacco and Vanzetti case

    With the booklet of The Jungle in 1906, Upton Sinclair grew to become the literary sense of right and wrong of the USA. twenty years later, he introduced his singular artistry and steadfast dedication to the reason for social equality to undergo at the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchists accused of armed theft and homicide. Boston, a “documentary novel” released three hundred and sixty five days after Sacco and Vanzetti have been performed, brilliantly combines truth and fiction to show the poisonous surroundings of paranoia, prejudice, and greed during which the 2 males have been tried.
    lately widowed sixty-year-old Cornelia Thornwell abandons her Boston Brahmin kin to take a manufacturing unit activity in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She witnesses the crushing poverty and heartless bigotry persevered by means of immigrant workers, and befriends the charismatic fishmonger Bartolomeo Vanzetti, a devoted anarchist and atheist. while Vanzetti and his fellow countryman Nicola Sacco are arrested and charged with homicide, Cornelia’s trust within the equity of the yank judicial process is shattered. becoming a member of the general public outcry heard from Boston to Buenos Aires, she calls for a good trial—but it really is too overdue. As Sacco knew all too good: “They received us, they are going to kill us.”
    This publication has been licensed by way of the property of Upton Sinclair.
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  • Download The Red Badge of Courage (Critical Insights) by Stephen Crane, Eric Carl Link PDF

    By Stephen Crane, Eric Carl Link

    The essays during this quantity handle a mess of viewpoints on Crane's most famed paintings. new essays study how the tradition of the 1890 and its clashes over immigration, industrialization and poverty stimulated Crane and the way John Paul Sartre's existentialism can increase our figuring out of the unconventional. one other essay bargains a entire survey of the multitude of feedback on crimson Badge of braveness. nonetheless others learn using humor within the novel, examine its imagery and talk about Crane's proposal of braveness and heroism.
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  • Download The First World War as a Clash of Cultures (Studies in by Fred Bridgham PDF

    By Fred Bridgham

    This quantity of essays examines the perceived rift among the British and German highbrow and cultural traditions earlier than 1914 and the way the ensuing confrontation either displays and helped make sure old, political, and, eventually, army occasions. This vexed symbiosis is traced first via a survey of renowned fiction, from alarmist British and German "invasion novels" to the visions of Erskine Childers and Saki or even P.G. Wodehouse; contrastingly, the "mixed-marriage novels" of von Arnim, Spottiswoode, and Wylie are thought of. additional themes contain D. H. Lawrence's ambivalent dating with Germany, Carl Sternheim's coded anti-militarism, H. G. Wells's and Kurd Lasswitz's visions in their nations lower than Martian invasion, Nietzsche because the embodiment of Prussian warmongering, and the increase in Germany of anglophobic, anti-Spencerian evolutionism. Case histories of the positions of German and English lecturers in regard to the clash around out the amount. participants: IAIN BOYD WHITE, HELENA RAGG-KIRKBY, RHYS WILLIAMS, INGO CORNILS, NICHOLAS MARTIN, GREGORY MOORE, STEFAN MANZ, ANDREAS HUTHER, HOLGER KLEIN Fred Bridgham is Senior Lecturer within the division of German on the collage of Leeds.
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  • Download CliffsNotes The 1990s Newbery Medal Winners by Suzanne Pavlos PDF

    By Suzanne Pavlos

    The Newbery Medal is offered every year to the main unique contribution to kid's literature released within the U.S. This CliffsNotes covers all the 10 decisions from the Nineteen Nineties. From 1991's award winner Maniac Magee to 1999's Holes , this CliffsNotes offers history at the authors, summaries, personality descriptions and personality maps, plus classification actions, and assessment workouts.
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