American Literature books summary

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    Short Summaries of the Books

    You Have to Read in the course of

    the English Literature by Stulov

    Thursday, April 3 2002

    Contents

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    AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT FROM THE 17

    TH TO THE 20

    TH CENTURIES

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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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    ALL THE KING’S MEN

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    CATCH-22

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    Catcher in the Rye

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    FAREWELL TO ARMS

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    Grapes of Wrath

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    Great Gatsby

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    Long Day's Journey Into the Night

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    Moby Dick

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    Scarlet Letter

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    Slaughterhouse Five

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    Sound and the Fury

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    Streetcar Named ”Desire”

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    AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT FROM THE 17

    TH TO THE 20

    TH CENTURIES

    Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it. For almost a century and a half, America was merely a

    group of colonies scattered along the eastern seaboard of the North American continent--colonies from which a few hardy souls tentatively ventured westward. After a successful

    rebellion against the motherland, America became the United States, a nation. By the end of the 19th century this nation extended southward to the Gulf of Mexico, northward to the

    49th parallel, and westward to the Pacific. By the end of the 19th century, too, it had taken its place among the powers of the world--its fortunes so interrelated with those of other

    nations that inevitably it became involved in two world wars and, following these conflicts, with the problems of Europe and East Asia. Meanwhile, the rise of science and industry, as

    well as changes in ways of thinking and feeling, wrought many modifications in people's lives. All these factors in the development of the United States molded the literature of the

    country.

    The 17th century

    American literature at first was naturally a colonial literature, by authors who were Englishmen and who thought and wrote as such. John Smith, a soldier of fortune, is

    credited with initiating American literature. His chief books included A True Relation of . . . Virginia . . . (1608) and The generall Historie...

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