USA Literature in Brief
by Kathryn VanSpanckeren
Publisher: U. S. Department of State 2007
Number of pages: 56
The book pinpoints and describes the contributions to American literature of some of the best-recognized American poets, novelists, philosophers and dramatists from pre-Colonial days through the present. Major literary figures are discussed in detail, as are their major works. Brief discussions of cultural periods and movements such as romanticism, modernism, and transcendentalism put individuals in context and lend perspective.
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by Joe B. Fulton - The Ohio State University Press
With his distinctive genius, Twain entered the religious dialogue of his time, employing the genres of belief as his vehicle for criticizing church and society. Twain's burlesques reveal a writer fully engaged with the religious ferment of his day.
by Arthur Ransome - Project Gutenberg
He saw art as self-expression and life as self-development. He felt that his life was material on which to practise his powers of creation, and handled it and brooded over it like a sculptor planning to make a dancing figure out of a pellet of clay.
by John Hays Gardiner - Scribner
The author's aim has been to make students as familiar as possible with the English Bible, and to throw light on its literary forms by bringing together facts from the history of its sources and from the history of the translation into English.
by Mary Helen McMurran, Alison Conway - University of Toronto Press
'Mind, Body, Motion, Matter' investigates the relationship between the eighteenth century's two predominant approaches to the natural world -- mechanistic materialism and vitalism -- in the works of leading British and French writers.