1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Introduction, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • literary circles in America, novel and the romance;
  • debate on realism and romance, quest for cultural unity;
  • ever-changing hierarchy of genres;
  • America Singing, varied voices of realism;
  • realist fiction, 1860s, 1870s, Mark Twain's The Gilded Age;
  • realist fiction, early 1900s, Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition;
  • realism, romance and the civil war;
  • The American Novel and Its Tradition (1957);
  • Heath Anthology of American Literature (2002), sociological concerns;
  • large aesthetic idea-complexes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • America Singing: The Varied Voices of Realism

  • Mapping the Territory: Realism, Romance, and the Civil War