American Modernism: (1910-1945) (Background to American by Roger Lathbury

By Roger Lathbury

A finished reference advisor to the modernist circulate in American literature, this quantity offers a wealth of knowledge on American modernism, the misplaced iteration, modernism within the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance, modernism in poetry and drama, and the literary tradition of the Moderns. Writers coated comprise: Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and extra.

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The cover of the first edition, with the author’s painting of Manhattan on it, suggests the explosion of energy in the prose. Joyce-like but not Joycean, Manhattan Transfer bursts on the reader in a kaleidoscope of styles. It moves back and forth through time but is largely set in the 1920s. It is part straight narration, part NATURALISM in the style of Theodore Dreiser—detailed reportage with no authorial intervention— and part dizzying impressionism with fragmented descriptions that give the feel of the situation without detailed specifics.

Unlike those others, his wide traveling and his refusal to take a regular job for any length of time, gave him authority. His sympathy for the common person, those out of power, and the downtrodden comes from his having been these things, as well as having been intermittently an acquaintance of the wealthy and the powerful. , like that of Manhattan Transfer, is devoted to “a young man . . at the edge of the concrete, with . . ” He is a hobo hitching a ride, having come from New York and heading west, repeating, as one who has been rejected by America, the westward journey of America.

One of his students was James Baldwin, who later became a distinguished novelist and essayist. A translator and sometime novelist, Cullen collected his poems in On These I Stand, one year before his death in 1946. Langston Hughes (1902–1967) The writer of the Harlem Renaissance who has risen to the greatest visibility in recent years is the poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and librettist Langston Hughes. Born in Missouri, Hughes began to write in mid-adolescence, under the influence of the poetry of Walt Whitman, especially as Whitman was imitated by the midwestern American poet Carl Sandburg.

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