American Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Writing

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Robert F. Sayre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 732 pages
The Title, American Lives, comes from a course which Wayne Prophet and I established in the University of Iowa UndergraduateCore Curriculum in the 1970s--a pioneering effort in both the study of autobiography and the expanding of the American literary canon.

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Sayre's recherche compilation celebrates the emergence of a distinct American voice throughout the history of a young, dynamic country. John Smith's account of the Jamestown colony forms the first ... Read full review


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ROBERT F. SAYRE is emeritus professor of English and American literature at the University of Iowa. He is the editor of the anthology American Lives, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, and of several other books, including Take This Exit: Re-Discovering the Iowa Landscape.

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