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 frequently serious view of yankee society. With penetrating analyses, writers equivalent to Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered primary flaws in executive and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills corresponding to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will come across those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.
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An unpublished Gothic novel written in 1866, A Long Fatal Love Chase, was published in 1995. Horatio Alger (b. Jan. —d. ), One of the most popular American authors in the last 30 years of the 19th century, Horatio Alger was perhaps the most socially influential American writer of his generation. , who tutored him in reading from the age of six. The young Alger showed an interest in writing, and at Harvard University he distinguished himself in the classics and graduated in 1852 with Phi Beta Kappa honours.
Alcott’s stories began to appear in The Atlantic Monthly, and, because family needs were pressing, she wrote the autobiographical Little Women (1868–69), which was an immediate success. Based on her recollections of her own childhood, Little Women describes the domestic adventures of a New England family of modest means but optimistic outlook. The book traces the differing personalities and fortunes of four sisters as they emerge from childhood and encounter the vicissitudes of employment, society, and marriage.
No doubt she intended to arrange her work in a convenient form, perhaps for her own use in sending poems to friends. Perhaps the assemblage was meant to remain private, like her earlier herbarium. Or perhaps, as implied in a poem of 1863, “This is my letter to the world,” she anticipated posthumous publication. Because she left no instructions regarding the disposition of her manuscript-books, her ultimate purpose in assembling them can only be conjectured. Dickinson sent more poems to her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson, a cultivated reader, than to any other known correspondent.
American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 (The Britannica Guide to World Literature) by Adam Augustyn