By Robert Paul Lamb

ISBN-10: 1405100648

ISBN-13: 9781405100649

A better half to American Fiction, 1865-1914 is a groundbreaking selection of essays written through major critics for a large viewers of students, scholars, and normal readers.

  • An really broad-ranging and obtainable Companion to the learn of yank fiction of the post-civil conflict interval and the early 20th century Brings jointly 29 essays by way of most sensible students, each one of which provides a synthesis of the simplest examine and gives an unique perspective
  • Divided into sections on old traditions and genres, contexts and subject matters, and significant authors
  • Covers a mix of canonical and the non-canonical subject matters, authors, literatures, and demanding approaches
  • Explores leading edge subject matters, comparable to ecological literature and ecocriticism, children’s literature, and the impression of Darwin on fiction

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1979). ’’ In Charles Waddell Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition, v–xvii. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor Paperbacks). Foote, Stephanie (2001). Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Franklin, Benjamin (1987). Autobiography. In Benjamin Franklin: Writings, ed. J. A. Leo LeMay, 1305–1469. New York: Literary Classics of the United States. Glazener, Nancy (1997). Reading for Realism: The History of a US Literary Institution, 1850–1910.

Howells had praised Chesnutt’s early, more conventionally regionalist work, affirming that in literature ‘‘there is happily no color line’’ (Farnsworth 1979: vii), but he was clearly disappointed by Chesnutt’s ambitious novel The Marrow of Tradition (1901), which depicted a white-instigated race riot. Calling the book ‘‘bitter,’’ Howells argued that ‘‘There is no reason in history why it should not be so, if wrong is to be repaid with hate, and yet it would be better if it was not so bitter’’ (Farnsworth 1979: xv).

Through the welter of blood at the irrigation ditch, through the sham charity and shallow philanthropy of famine relief committees, the great harvest of Los Muertos rolled like a flood from the Sierras to the Himalayas to feed thousands of starving scarecrows on the barren plains of India. (Norris 1987: 651) Such possibilities flicker in earlier more-or-less realist works, just as the possible madness of the governess-narrator flickers in James’s The Turn of the Screw (1898) and just as a divine plan which will somehow improve the lot of millworkers flickers in the ‘‘promise of the dawn’’ at the end of Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills (1861).

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