A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900-1950

A Concise Companion to American Fiction 1900-1950

Editor(s): Peter Stoneley, Cindy Weinstein

Published Online: 10 MAR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405133678

Online ISBN: 9780470694107

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694107

About this Book

An authoritative guide to American literature, this Companion examines the experimental forms, socio-cultural changes, literary movements, and major authors of the early 20th century. This Companion provides authoritative and wide-ranging guidance on early twentieth-century American fiction.


  • Considers commonly studied authors such as Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, alongside key texts of the period by Richard Wright, Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, and Anzia Yezierska
  • Examines how the works of these diverse writers have been interpreted in their own day and how current readings have expanded our understanding of their cultural and literary significance
  • Covers a broad range of topics, including the First and Second World Wars, literary language differences, author celebrity, the urban landscape, modernism, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, regionalism, and African-American fiction
  • Gives students the contextual information necessary for formulating their own critiques of classic American fiction

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