By Jay Parini

All of the 18 essays during this quantity specializes in a unmarried paintings of yankee literature. Written in transparent, jargon-free sort via collage and collage professors, each one explores the nuances of the paintings -- subject matters, characterization, use of language -- permitting the coed to understand, interpret and write concerning the classics. quantity 2 covers Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," Sarah Orne Jewett's "The state of the Pointed Firs," Saul Bellow's "Herzog," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," and "The nice Gatsby," Edith Warton's "Ethan Frome," Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" and others. Volumes additionally characteristic timelines, writer chronologies, bibliographies with additional examining feedback and cumulative indexes.

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For one unschooled in the ways of the world, the Green-Davidson is the epitome of opulence and grandeur, a setting that lends dignity and a sense of importance to all who enter it. In a wider sense, the Green-Davidson serves as a microcosm of modern American society. Fastpaced, gaudily commercial, unabashedly hedonistic, and remorselessly status-conscious, the hotel is a sort of capitalist pleasure palace that stands as the antithesis of all the oldfashioned religious pieties with which Clyde Griffiths has been indoctrinated.

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