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Four Great American Classicsby Herman Melville
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These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day.
The Scarlet Letter vividly records Americas moral and historical roots in Puritan New England and masterfully re-creates a societys preoccupation with sin, guilt, and pride.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn carries readers along on Hucks unforgettable journey down the Mississippi in Americas foremost comic epic—the first great novel in a truly American voice.
The Red Badge of Courage re-creates the brutal reality of war and its psychological impact on a young Civil War soldier in one of the most moving and widely read American novels.
Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories joins the worlds great tragic literature as a doomed seaman becomes the innocent victim of a clash between social authority and individual freedom.
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