Prominent American Novelists Flashcards

Prominent American Novelists Flashcards
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John Steinbeck
The author of The Grapes of Wrath, a piece of modern American literature that was set during the Great Depression
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Holden Caulfield
A character from Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye who is motivated by his brother's death to try to offer protection to innocents
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J.D. Salinger
This American author is famous for writing the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.
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Herman Melville
He produced works influenced by different literary movements. Bartleby, the Scrivener shows the influence of transcendentalism, while Moby Dick brings to mind the Dark Romantic movement.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This American poet wrote 'Paul Revere's Ride', a poem that demonstrates the importance of learning from the past, a characteristic of the Romantic period.
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Henry David Thoreau
This writer was a transcendentalist, which meant he believed that emotions and happiness came from an individual's heart and mind. He wrote Walden.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
This famous modernist writer authored The Great Gatsby. He had a friendship with Ernest Hemingway and married Zelda Sayre.
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Ernest Hemingway
A prominent American writer of novels and short stories. His lifestyle as an expatriate in Europe led him to join a literary group called 'The Lost Generation.'
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Working on these flashcards can give you the chance to focus on the works of Hemingway, Faulkner, Whitman, Emerson, Twain, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Salinger, Fitzgerald, Thoreau and Longfellow. You can review their major works. Additionally, you can go over the literary periods and styles with which they're associated.

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Ernest Hemingway
A prominent American writer of novels and short stories. His lifestyle as an expatriate in Europe led him to join a literary group called 'The Lost Generation.'
F. Scott Fitzgerald
This famous modernist writer authored The Great Gatsby. He had a friendship with Ernest Hemingway and married Zelda Sayre.
Henry David Thoreau
This writer was a transcendentalist, which meant he believed that emotions and happiness came from an individual's heart and mind. He wrote Walden.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This American poet wrote 'Paul Revere's Ride', a poem that demonstrates the importance of learning from the past, a characteristic of the Romantic period.
Herman Melville
He produced works influenced by different literary movements. Bartleby, the Scrivener shows the influence of transcendentalism, while Moby Dick brings to mind the Dark Romantic movement.
J.D. Salinger
This American author is famous for writing the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Holden Caulfield
A character from Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye who is motivated by his brother's death to try to offer protection to innocents
John Steinbeck
The author of The Grapes of Wrath, a piece of modern American literature that was set during the Great Depression
Mark Twain
A distinctive American writer who used characteristics of regionalism and realism in his works. In the 19th century he wrote about both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Nathaniel Hawthorne
You can recognize this author by his drawn out writing style. His works, such as The Scarlet Letter, focus on sin and hypocrisy.
Dark Romantics
Writers in this group included Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. They believed that there was a dark side to all people and that guilt and sin were necessary.
Transcendentalism
A movement that valued individualism and disapproved of organized religion. The essay Self Reliance was important because it told people to make use of personal skills to bring about change.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He wrote Self Reliance and asserted that the religious, artistic, cultural and societal social spheres needed the input of people who were self-reliant.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
She wrote a protest novel titled Uncle Tom's Cabin that abolitionists drew on for inspiration during the lead-up to the American Civil War.
Walt Whitman
American poet who wrote Leaves of Grass and used free verse, such as seen here: 'I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing, All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches'
Stream of consciousness
A writing style that can be hard to follow and mimics a train of thought that shifts frequently. Faulkner and Joyce were both authors who used this style.
William Faulkner
This American author is strongly associated with the southern United States. He wrote many modernist novels, including The Sound and the Fury.

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