The Cambridge introduction to Edgar Allan Poe by Benjamin F. Fisher

By Benjamin F. Fisher

"Much is still doubtful in regards to the lifetime of Edgar Allan Poe, the mysterious writer of 1 of the best-known American poems, "The Raven," the Gothic romance "The Fall of the home of Usher," and the 1st detective fiction, "The Murders within the Rue Morgue." This ebook presents a balanced assessment of Poe's profession and writings, resisting the tendency of many students to sensationalize the extra enigmatic facets of his Read more...

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At Fault by Kate Chopin

By Kate Chopin

An intrepid explorer of taboos, Chopin wrote a few of America's boldest and top 19th-century fiction.

Divorce and alcoholism are one of the bold matters of her first novel, set within the rural post-Reconstruction South opposed to a backdrop of monetary devastation and simmering racial rigidity.

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American Narratives: Multiethnic Writing in the Age of by Margaret Crumpton Winter

By Margaret Crumpton Winter

American Narratives takes readers again to the flip of the 20th century to reintroduce 4 writers of various ethnic backgrounds whose works have been quite often overlooked through critics in their day. With the ability of a literary detective, Molly Crumpton wintry weather recovers an early multicultural discourse on assimilation and nationwide belonging that has been mostly neglected by way of literary students.

At the center of the booklet are shut readings of works through 4 approximately forgotten artists from 1890 to 1915, the period frequently termed the age of realism: Mary Antin, a Jewish American immigrant from Russia; Zitkala-Ša, a Sioux girl initially from South Dakota; Sutton E. Griggs, an African American from the South; and Sui Sin a long way, a biracial, chinese language American girl author who lived at the West Coast. Winter's therapy of Antin's The Promised Land serves as an get together for a reexamination of the concept that of assimilation in American literature, and the bankruptcy on Zitkala-Ša is the main accomplished research of her narratives so far. iciness argues persuasively that Griggs must have lengthy been a extra obvious presence in American literary heritage, and the exploration of Sui Sin some distance unearths her to be the embodiment of the numerous and unpredictable ways in which range of cultures got here jointly in America.

In American Narratives, wintry weather continues that the writings of those 4 rediscovered authors, with their emphasis on problems with ethnicity, identification, and nationality, healthy squarely within the American realist culture. She additionally establishes a multiethnic discussion between those writers, demonstrating ways that cultural identification and nationwide belonging are peristently contested during this literature.

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White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas by Brenda Wineapple

By Brenda Wineapple

The 1st e-book to painting essentially the most amazing friendships in American letters, that of Emily Dickinson—recluse, poet—and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, minister, literary determine, energetic abolitionist.

Their friendship all started in 1862. The Civil battle used to be raging. Dickinson was once thirty-one; Higginson, thirty-eight. A former pastor on the unfastened Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, he wrote usually for the cultural journal of the day, The Atlantic Monthly—on gymnastics, women’s rights, and slavery. His article “Letter to a tender Contributor” gave recommendation to readers who desired to write for the journal and provided easy methods to publish one’s paintings (“use black ink, sturdy pens, white paper”).

Among the letters Higginson bought in reaction was once one scrawled in looping, tough handwriting. 4 poems have been enclosed in a smaller envelope. He deciphered the scribble: “Are you too deeply occupied to assert if my Verse is alive?”

Higginson learn the poems. The writing was once designated, uncategorizable. It used to be transparent to him that this used to be “a thoroughly new and unique poetic genius,” and the reminiscence of that second stayed with him whilst he wrote approximately it thirty years later.

Emily Dickinson’s query inaugurated one of many least most probably correspondences in American letters—between a guy who ran weapons to Kansas, subsidized John Brown, and might quickly command the 1st Union regiment of black infantrymen, and the eremitic, elusive poet who cannily informed him she didn't go her “Father’s floor to any apartment or town.”

For the following region century, till her dying in 1886, Dickinson despatched Higginson unbelievable poems, virtually 100 of them—many of them her top. Their metrical varieties have been strange, their punctuation unpredictable, their photos elliptical, leading edge, unsentimental. Poetry torn up via the roots, Higginson later stated, that “gives the unexpected transitions.”

Dickinson used to be a genius of the faux-naïf type, reclusive to be certain yet extra savvy than one may think, extra self-conscious and sly, and positively conscious of her outsize expertise. “Dare you spot a Soul on the ‘White Heat’?” she puzzled. She dared, and he did.

In this shimmering, revelatory paintings, Brenda Wineapple re-creates the extreme, soft friendship that ended in the booklet of Dickinson’s poetry. And even though she and Higginson met face-to-face in simple terms two times (he had by no means met an individual “who tired my nerve strength so much,” he said), their friendship finds a lot approximately Dickinson, throwing gentle onto either the darkened door of the poet’s mind's eye and a nook of the noisy century that she and Colonel Higginson shared.

White Heat is ready poetry, politics, and love; it really is, to boot, a narrative of seclusion and engagement, isolation and activism—and the way in which they have been related—in the roiling the United States of the 19th century.

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Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to by Sarah Ruhl

By Sarah Ruhl

A relocating, leading edge play according to one of many maximum correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged greater than 400 letters. Describing the writing in their poems, their go back and forth and day-by-day health problems, the pyrotechnics in their romantic relationships, and the profound affection that they had for every different, those missives are the main intimate list to be had of either poets and one of many maximum correspondences in American literature.

The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with those letters and set herself an strange problem: to show this thirty-year trade right into a degree play, and to carry to lifestyles the friendship of 2 writers who have been infrequently even within the comparable nation. As cutting edge because it is relocating, Dear Elizabeth supplies voice to a talk that lived in most cases in writing, illuminating a few of the best poems of the 20th century and the minds that produced them.

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Altered Egos: Authority in American Autobiography by G. Thomas Couser

By G. Thomas Couser

This paintings explores the "authority" of autobiography in numerous similar senses: first, the concept autobiography is authoritative writing since it is possibly verifiable; moment, the concept one's existence is one's particular textual area; 3rd, the concept that, as a result of the obvious congruence among the implicit ideology of the style and that of the country, autobiography has a different status in the USA. conscious of the hot opinions of the concept of autobiography as issuing from, made up our minds by means of, or relating a pre-existing self, Couser examines the ways that the authority of specific texts is named into question--for instance, simply because they contain pseudonymity (Mark Twain), the revision of a most likely spontaneous shape (Mary Chesnut's Civil battle "diaries"), bilingual authorship (Richard Rodriguez and Maxine Hong Kingston), collaborative construction (Black Elk), or outright fraud (Clifford Irving's "autobiography" of Howard Hughes). Couser examines either the way canonical autobiographers could playfully and purposely undermine their very own narrative authority and how within which minority writers' regulate in their lives will be compromised. Autobiography, then, is portrayed the following as an enviornment during which members fight for self-possession and self-expression opposed to the limitations of language, style, and society.

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Natural trouble by Scott Hightower

By Scott Hightower

Normal difficulty maintains Scott Hightower's research all started in Tin Can vacationer . subject matters of inheritance expand via adjustments of panorama and undesirable climate to hungers, urgencies, inequities, and bereavements. Hightower additionally reminds us that the perform of writing is on the center of democracy: poetry seeks a beginning within the fact of the person, assured and restored in the course of the integrity of language

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Collected Stories: Winesburg, Ohio, The Triumph of the Egg, by Sherwood Anderson, Charles Baxter

By Sherwood Anderson, Charles Baxter

Within the wintry weather of 1912, Sherwood Anderson (1876--1941) without warning left his workplace and spent 3 days wandering in the course of the Ohio geographical region, a sufferer of "nervous exhaustion." Over the following couple of years, leaving behind his relations and his company, he resolved to develop into a author. Novels and poetry undefined, however it used to be with the tale assortment Winesburg, Ohio that he discovered his excellent shape, remaking the yankee brief tale for the fashionable period. Hart Crane, one of many first to acknowledge Anderson's genius, fast hailed his accomplishment: "America may still learn this ebook on her knees." Here--for the 1st time in one volume--are the entire collections Anderson released in the course of his lifetime: Winesburg, Ohio (1919), The Triumph of the Egg (1921), Horses and males (1923), and Death in the Woods (1933), in addition to a beneficiant number of tales left uncollected or unpublished at his loss of life. Exploring the hidden recesses of small city existence, those haunting, understated, frequently sexually frank tales pivot on likely quiet moments while lives swap, futures are recast, and pasts come to reckon. They remodeled the tone of yankee storytelling, inspiring writers like Hemingway, Faulkner, and Mailer, and defining a convention of midwestern fiction that incorporates Charles Baxter, editor of this quantity.

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A Natural History of Pragmatism by Joan Richardson

By Joan Richardson

Joan Richardson offers a desirable and compelling account of the emergence of the necessary American philosophy: pragmatism. She demonstrates pragmatism's engagement with quite a few branches of the usual sciences and strains the advance of Jamesian pragmatism from the overdue 19th century via modernism, following its pointings into the current. Richardson combines strands from America's spiritual event with medical details to supply interpretations that holiday new floor in literary and cultural heritage. This ebook exemplifies the worth of interdisciplinary methods to generating literary feedback. In a sequence of hugely unique readings of Edwards, Emerson, William and Henry James, Stevens, and Stein, A traditional historical past of Pragmatism tracks the interaction of spiritual cause, clinical hypothesis, and literature in shaping an American aesthetic. Wide-ranging and impressive, this groundbreaking e-book might be crucial examining for all scholars and students of yankee literature.

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Muriel Rukeyser and Documentary: The Poetics of Connection by Catherine Gander

By Catherine Gander

Presents a brand new standpoint at the documentary range of Muriel Rukeyser's paintings and impacts. This learn of twentieth-century American poet Muriel Rukeyser explores the a number of avenues of her 'poetics of connection' to bare a profound engagement with the both intertextual documentary style. It examines formerly neglected picture narratives, poetry, prose and archival fabric and demonstrates an everlasting discussion among the poet's relational aesthetics and documentary's equally interdisciplinary and artistic method of the area. by way of contemplating the assets of documentary in Rukeyser's paintings, the examine offers perception into her guiding poetic ideas, situating her as an essential determine within the background of twentieth-century American literature and tradition, and as a pioneering character within the improvement of yankee reports.

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