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Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee (a Reader's Companion)

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ISBN: 9780813575971
Author(s): Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Edition: A reader's companion
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Dimensions: 177 x 259 x 30 (w x l x h)
Pages: 336

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American novelist E.L. Doctorow once observed that literature 'endows places with meaning.' Yet, as this wide-ranging new book vividly illustrates, understanding the places that shaped American writers' lives and their art can provide deep insight into what makes their literature truly meaningful. Published on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act, Writing America is a unique, passionate, and eclectic series of meditations on literature and history, covering over 150 important National Register historic sites, all pivotal to the stories that make up America, from chapels to battlefields; from plantations to immigration stations; and from theaters to internment camps. The book considers not only the traditional sites for literary tourism, such as Mark Twain's sumptuous Connecticut home and the peaceful woods surrounding Walden Pond, but also locations that highlight the diversity of American literature, from the New York tenements that spawned Abraham Cahan's fiction to the Texas pump house that irrigated the fields in which the farm workers central to Gloria Anzaldua's poetry picked produce.
Rather than just providing a cursory overview of these authors' achievements, acclaimed literary scholar and cultural historian Shelley Fisher Fishkin offers a deep and personal reflection on how key sites bore witne Please click here to ask a question
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