The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 496 pages
You're no idiot, of course. You know that Samuel Clemens had a better-known pen name, Moby Dick is a famous whale, and the Raven only said,"Nevermore." But when it comes to understanding the great works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe, you'd rather rent the videos than head to your local library. Don't tear up your library card yet! The Complete Idiot's Guideģ to American Literature teaches you all about the rich tradition of American prose and poetry, so you can fully appreciate its magnificent diversity.


Words to the Wise
America‚s First Writers 1607‚1750
Edward Taylor 1645‚1729
1750‚1800 The Revolutionary Period
Thomas Jefferson 1743‚1826
Thomas Paine 1737‚1809
Washington Irving
The Big Sleep
A Great Novel
Faulkner‚s Style
Make It New
Pound of Flesh
Big Man on Campus
A Pack of Poets 1900‚1960
cummings e
Edwin Arlington Robinson 1869‚1935

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better
So What‚s It All About?
The Raven
Part 2The New England Renaissance 1840‚1855
Henry David Thoreau 1817‚1862
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804‚1864
You Play You
1819‚1891 Herman Melville
Swimming with the Fishes
Frederick Douglass 1817‚1895
Working Without a
Emily Dickinson
Remembrance of Flings Past?
Speaking of Death
Stephen Crane 1871‚1900
The March of Time
So What Did You Do in the War Daddy?
To Build a Fire
The Local Colorists
Edith Wharton and Henry
Henry James 1843‚1916
Part 5Modern Literature 19151945
Macho Macho Man‚Ernest Hemingway 1899‚1961
The Old Man and the
The Beautiful and the Damned
The Harlem Renaissance 1915‚1929
Cult Figures 1945Present
More Than I Needed to Know
The Catcher in the
Horror and Humor 19301960
Make Me Laugh Make Me
Part 6Contemporary Literature 1946Present
Erica Jong b 1942
Elie Wiesel b 1928
Contemporary AfricanAmerican Literature
Gwendolyn Brooks b 1917
Modern Canadian Literature
NativeAmerican LatinoAmerican and AsianAmerican
Today‚s LatinoAmerican Writers
New Frontiers
Mary Gordon b 1948
Appendix A The Authors and Their Most Famous Works
Dickinson Emily
Jewett Sarah Orne
Plath Sylvia
Appendix B Additional Reading
Rebel with a Cause‚Frederick Douglass 1817‚1895

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