By George Parker Anderson
American Modernism: 1914-1945 covers American literature throughout the time of conflict and melancholy within the first half the 20 th century. This new examine advisor brings this significant literary interval to existence, supplying scholars with ideas for learning and writing.
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2. The great majority of the popular songs produced by Tin Pan Alley lyricists concerned love. ’” Do some research into the songs by some of the lyricists listed in “People of Interest” and pick out three songs that you think are the most inventive answer to this question. What are the reasons for your choices? Can you identify particular words or phrases that seem to you to be an especially appropriate fit for the music? Wilder’s American Popular Song, which focuses on musical innovations, might be a valuable source to consult.
The Republicans, or Loyalists, were backed by the Communist dictator Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union. While the United States remained neutral, a few thousand American Leftists volunteered for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the losing Republican cause. American writers, including Dos Passos and Hemingway, wrote antiFranco books. Robert Jordan, the protagonist of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, is an idealistic American who fights for the Republic. indd 15 4/6/10 9:23:11 AM 16 American Modernism, 1914–1945 World War II began when Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939.
Indd 21 4/6/10 9:23:12 AM 22 American Modernism, 1914–1945 A Usable Past Some of the most influential literary criticism published between the wars focused on the American literary past, including Van Wyck Brooks’s America’s Coming of Age (1915), F. O. Matthiessen’s American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman (1941), and Perry Miller’s The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century (1939). In his three-volume Main Currents in American Thought (1927–1930) Vernon L. Parrington offered an overarching interpretation of American literature as the expression or representation of political, social, and economic forces.
American Modernism, 1914-1945 (Research Guide to American Literature) by George Parker Anderson