New PDF release: An Outline of American Literature (PENG)

By P.B. High

ISBN-10: 0582745020

ISBN-13: 9780582745025

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Rhythm, expected beat or movement. 1 1 victim, one who suffers as a result (of war etc . ) . 10 73 O U T L I N E OF A M E R I C A )! L I T E R A T U R E 6 D I C KI N S O N this. Just as Paine's Common Sense had unif ed America n fceling [or the Revolu tion, Stowe's Uncle Torn's Cabin ( 1 85 2 ) united Norther n feelings against slavery . As soon as it was publish ed, it became a great popula r success . Hundr eds of thousan ds of copies were sold in Ameri ca before the Civil vVar; since then it has been transla ted into over twenty langua ges and million s of copies have been sold worldw ide.

The American ( 1 8 7 7 ) contrasts 10 American "innocencc" with European "experience" . J ames uses this contrast throughout his work. Like many of]ames's later American heroes, Christophcr Newman (in The American) is a rich young man who goes to Europe in search of culture and a better lifc . There he meets a young woman, and wants to marry her. The woman wants to marry him too. But evcn though he is a fine, intelligent man, her family will not allow it. They are the worst kind of European aristocrats.

In The Real Thing ( r 893) , the problem is how art changes reality. An artist wants to create a picture of typical aristocrats. When he tries to use real aristocrats as his models, he fails. He discovers that lower-class models are better for his purposes than " the real thing" . The real aristocrats are so real that he can't use his imagination. In The Death of the Lion ( 1 894) , a famous writer faces the problem of being too popular. He becomes too busy with his admirers to write. Another kind of problem that Henry James deals with in both his short stories and novels is the "unlived life".

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