American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 (The Britannica by Adam Augustyn

By Adam Augustyn

Deviating from the romanticism of prior works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a different realism and a regularly severe view of yankee society. With penetrating analyses, writers reminiscent of Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered basic flaws in executive and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills corresponding to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will stumble upon those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.

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He met on the boat a young man named Charlie Langdon, who invited Clemens to dine with his family in New York and introduced him to his sister Olivia; the writer fell in love with her. , was an ardent one, conducted mostly through correspondence. They were married in February 1870. , and began writing a column for a New York City magazine, the Galaxy. A son, Langdon, was born in November 1870, but the boy was frail and would die of diphtheria less than two years later. Clemens came to dislike Buffalo and hoped that he and his family might move to the Nook Farm area of Hartford, Conn.

The Adams family tradition of leadership was carried on by his father, Charles Francis Adams (1807–86), a diplomat, historian, and congressman. His younger brother, Brooks (1848–1927), was also a historian; his older brother, Charles Francis, Jr. (1835–1915), was an author and railroad executive. Through his mother, Abigail Brown Brooks, Adams was related to one of the most distinguished and wealthiest families in Boston. Tradition ingrained a deep sense of morality in Adams. He never escaped his heritage and often spoke of himself as a child of the 17th and 18th 46 7 From the Civil War to 1914 7 centuries who was forced to come to terms with the new world of the 20th century.

J. The building was destroyed by fire in 1907 and the project abandoned. A long series of other topical novels followed, none as popular as The Jungle; among them were Oil! (1927), based on the Teapot Dome Scandal, and Boston (1928), based on the Sacco-Vanzetti case. Sinclair’s works were highly popular in Russia both before and immediately after the Revolution of 1917. Later his active opposition to the communist regime caused a decline in his reputation there, but it was revived temporarily in the late 1930s and ’40s by his antifascist writings.

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