Letters to Dead Authors
by Andrew Lang
Number of pages: 310
In this epistolary work, Lang has presented spoof letters that he wrote to various deceased authors. While he generously praises them for their genius and manner of expression, he also addresses the shortcomings of some of these authors. His power of literary appreciation and beauty of expression are evident from this work.
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by Lene M. Johannessen - Dartmouth College Press
Johannessen's subject here is the almost mystical American belief in the promise and potential of the individual, that can loosely be characterized as a fundamental and unwavering faith in the secular sanctity of the American project of modernity.
by Kathryn VanSpanckeren - U. S. Department of State
The book describes the contributions to American literature of some of the best-recognized American poets, novelists, philosophers and dramatists from pre-Colonial days through the present. Major literary figures are discussed in detail.
by Susan Mooney - Ohio State University Press
Mooney examines four novels that prompted in their day harsh censorship because of their sexual content -- Ulysses, Lolita, Time of Silence, and Russian Beauty. She shows how motifs of censorship became artistically embedded in the novels' plots.
by M. Michelle Robinson - University of Michigan Press
The book offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the US, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors made use of the genre's puzzle-elements to explore the dynamics of race and labor.