American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 (The Britannica by Adam Augustyn

By Adam Augustyn

Deviating from the romanticism of previous works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a unique realism and a regularly severe view of yank society. With penetrating analyses, writers corresponding to Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered primary flaws in executive and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills resembling prejudice and intolerance. Readers will come across those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.

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The abject and pleading drafts of her second and third letters to the unidentified person she called “Master” are probably related to her many poems about a loved but distant person, usually male. There has been much speculation about the identity of this individual. One of the first candidates was George Henry Gould, the recipient in 1850 of a prose Valentine from Dickinson. Some have contended that Master was a woman, possibly Kate Scott Anthon or Susan Dickinson. Richard Sewall’s 1974 biography makes the case for Samuel Bowles.

Hulton Archive/ ity of and impurities in Getty Images 51 7 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 7 processed meats and thus helped bring about the passage of federal food-inspection laws. ” The Jungle is the most enduring of the works of the muckrakers. J. The building was destroyed by fire in 1907 and the project abandoned. A long series of other topical novels followed, none as popular as The Jungle; among them were Oil! (1927), based on the Teapot Dome Scandal, and Boston (1928), based on the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

So confident was he about prospects for the typesetter that Clemens predicted this novel would be his “swan-song” to literature and that he would live comfortably off the profits of his investment. Things did not go according to plan, however. His publishing company was floundering, and cash flow problems meant he was drawing on his royalties to provide capital for the business. Clemens was suffering from rheumatism in his right arm, but he continued to write for magazines out of necessity. Still, he was getting deeper and deeper in debt, and by 1891 he had ceased his monthly payments to support work on the Paige typesetter, effectively giving up on an investment that over the years had cost him some $200,000 or more.

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