Ch 12: Prominent American Novelists: Help and Review

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The Prominent American Novelists chapter of this Introduction to Humanities Help and Review course is the simplest way to master prominent American novelists. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of prominent American novelists.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a prominent American novelists unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:

  • Dark romantic works
  • Works by Herman Melville
  • Short story writing
  • Blank verse vs. free verse
  • Mark Twain's works and style
  • Poetry
  • Regionalist writers
  • Works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway
  • Modernist writers

38 Lessons in Chapter 12: Prominent American Novelists: Help and Review
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.

Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

2. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

4. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

5. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

6. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

7. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

8. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.

Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis

9. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.

Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

10. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'

The American in Europe: Henry James' Daisy Miller

11. The American in Europe: Henry James' Daisy Miller

In this lesson, we will examine the literary theme of the American abroad in the work of expatriate writer Henry James. Specifically, we will examine James's depiction of character relationships, behavior and social context within his novella Daisy Miller.

Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

12. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

13. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

14. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

15. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

16. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

17. Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man Summary and Analysis

If people only see you as a part of a race, and not as an individual, are you still a person? In this lesson, we'll analyze Ralph Ellison's important and critically acclaimed novel, 'Invisible Man.'

Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

18. Richard Wright's Black Boy: Summary and Analysis

After his fiction masterpiece 'Native Son,' Richard Wright wrote a deeply personal and moving autobiography, covering his childhood in the South and his life as an adult in Chicago. In this lesson, we'll explore 'Black Boy.'

J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis

19. J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis

J.D. Salinger's novel tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a literary figure you'll either love or hate. Watch this video to find out which camp you fall into!

Edgar Allan Poe's Unity of Effect: Definition & Concept

20. Edgar Allan Poe's Unity of Effect: Definition & Concept

Learn to recognize and use unity of effect, a writing method that can produce an emotional response in your readers. Read on to get a step-by-step introduction to Edgar Allan Poe's description of this writing strategy.

J. R. R. Tolkien: Biography, Books & Poems

21. J. R. R. Tolkien: Biography, Books & Poems

He's taken us on amazing journeys across Middle-earth and introduced us to hobbits and all other manner of fantastic creature. However, many of us might not even know his full name! Take a moment to meet the man of magic himself in this lesson on the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

James Patterson: Biography & Books

22. James Patterson: Biography & Books

In this lesson, you will learn about the life and work of novelist James Patterson, including his famous Alex Cross series and his books for young readers. Read the article and test yourself with the quiz!

John Grisham: Bio, Books & Short Stories

23. John Grisham: Bio, Books & Short Stories

What do an aspiring professional baseball player, a lawyer fighting for clients he believes in, and a bestselling American author all have in common? They're all the same person: John Grisham! Read on to learn more about this fascinating man's life and the many impressive things he's achieved.

Joyce Carol Oates: Biography, Books & Short Stories

24. Joyce Carol Oates: Biography, Books & Short Stories

Novelist, teacher, and publisher, Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prolific U.S. writers. Read about how she got her start, and learn details about some of her more popular novels and short story collections.

Nicholas Sparks: Biography & Books

25. Nicholas Sparks: Biography & Books

In this lesson, we'll look at the life and work of popular American author, Nicholas Sparks. Keep reading to find out more about how this business major became one of America's best-selling storytellers!

Peter Matthiessen: Biography & Books

26. Peter Matthiessen: Biography & Books

This lesson focuses on the naturalist author Peter Matthiessen, his life, and his writing. Read the lesson to learn about his award winning books, The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, then test yourself with the quiz!

Robert Penn Warren: Biography, Poems & Books

27. Robert Penn Warren: Biography, Poems & Books

Robert Penn Warren was one of the most important and multifaceted literary figures of the 20th century. As a critic, he helped found the school of thought known as New Criticism and as a writer he is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for both poetry and fiction.

Rohinton Mistry: Biography & Books

28. Rohinton Mistry: Biography & Books

This lesson is a brief biography of the Indian-born author Rohinton Mistry and a description of his highly acclaimed published novels and short fiction. The lesson addresses the ways in which Mistry's early life in India and his experience with immigration figures into his writing.

Sandra Brown: Biography & Books

29. Sandra Brown: Biography & Books

Sandra Brown is a prolific writer who has had more than 60 books on the New York Times bestsellers list. She has been honored with many awards for her outstanding works of fiction.

Saul Bellow: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

30. Saul Bellow: Biography, Novels & Short Stories

Saul Bellow was a Jewish-American writer who helped change the face of American literature. In this lesson, you will learn about his biography, major literary works, and the recognition he received for his writing.

Seeing by Annie Dillard: Summary & Analysis

31. Seeing by Annie Dillard: Summary & Analysis

Most people take the act of seeing for granted, but Annie Dillard wants her readers to slow down and actually consider the world around them. In this essay, we'll look at the structure, meaning, and themes found in her 1974 essay 'Seeing'.

Sinclair Lewis: Biography & Books

32. Sinclair Lewis: Biography & Books

In a family of doctors, one would think the youngest son would follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and brother. However, this author didn't have aspirations of spending years in medical school. Instead, he chose to spend his time writing. Read on to learn more about Sinclair Lewis.

Stephen King: Biography, Books & Short Stories

33. Stephen King: Biography, Books & Short Stories

One of the most critically acclaimed American novelists, Stephen King has made a name for himself in the horror business. This lesson will go through what led to his success, as well as discuss many of his books and short stories.

The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

34. The Grapes of Wrath: Author, Symbols & Analysis

Chances are you've heard of the book The Grapes of Wrath. No, it isn't about a winery or fruit gone bad. This lesson will set you straight on this important work of American fiction, shed light on the symbolism used, and fill you in on its author, John Steinbeck.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway: Characters & Themes

35. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway: Characters & Themes

This lesson provides an overview of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel, ''The Sun Also Rises''. The lesson also examines important themes present in the novel and analyzes the meaning and significance of these themes.

Theodore Dreiser: Biography, Books & Short Stories

36. Theodore Dreiser: Biography, Books & Short Stories

This lesson discusses the author Theodore Dreiser, his books and short stories, and his impact on American writing in the 20th century. Read on, and then test your new knowledge with a brief quiz.

Wallace Stevens: Biography & Poems

37. Wallace Stevens: Biography & Poems

In this lesson, we will examine a brief biography of the American Modernist poet Wallace Stevens. We will also read and analyze some of his poetry. The lesson will conclude with a short quiz.

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence: Summary & Analysis

38. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence: Summary & Analysis

The DH Lawrence novel ''Women in Love'' has the sound of a cheesy romance novel, but don't be fooled. The book is complex and often tricky. This lesson will summarize the plot and give you insight into some deeper meanings bubbling beneath the surface.

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