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Prominent American Novelists - Chapter Summary
Numerous American novelists have made their marks in history by influencing social thoughts and actions, introducing new religious and philosophical perspectives and even spurring political movements. Review lessons in this chapter to learn more about these novelists and their contributions to society. Examine the works of authors like Salinger and Whitman, and learn about movements like transcendentalism and realism. Afterward, test your comprehension by taking short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. In no time, you will have a good grasp of the following:
- Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride and the works of Herman Melville
- Hawthorne's works and Emerson's ideas on transcendentalism
- Thoreau's Walden and Whitman as a transcendentalist and realist poet
- Impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin on the nation
- Mark Twain's and F. Scott Fitzgerald's styles and works
- Books and style of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway
- Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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!
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