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Ruined Time
Ruined Time
by Robert Briggs
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Cultural Writing. Poetry. RUINED TIME is a memoir, a personal cultural anthology of the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950s...of Hiroshima, the military-industrial complex, and the Beat Generation. "RUINED TIME is the book within the book, the... (read more)

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The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
by Olivia Laing
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OLIVIA LAING'S WIDELY ACCLAIMED ACCOUNT OF HOW WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM CREATED SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF AMERICAN LITERATURE In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between... (read more)

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The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking
by Olivia Laing
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Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the... (read more)

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American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman
American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman
by F O Matthiessen
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"[Matthiessen's] exploration of the haunted mind of Hawthorne, of Emerson's integrity, of the mental hell in which Melville lived, of Whitman's schizophrenia, of Thoreau's chosen solitude, [has] produced a book unequaled in American critical writing... (read more)

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A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press Reference Library)
by Greil Marcus
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An Entertainment Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of... (read more)

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Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development
Apostles of Modernity: American Writers in the Age of Development
by Guy Reynolds
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Following World War II, Americans entertained a far more international political, cultural, and intellectual awareness as well as a greater fascination with development, progress, and modernity than ever before. In a revisionist account that takes... (read more)

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The American 1930s: A Literary History
The American 1930s: A Literary History
by Peter Conn
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Beginning with the stock market crash of 1929 and ending with America's entry into the Second World War, the long Depression decade was a period of immense social, economic and political turmoil. In response, writers as various as John Dos Passos... (read more)

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Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties (Harvest Book)
Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties (Harvest Book)
by Marion Meade
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Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St.Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber--their loves, lives, and literary endeavors embodied the spirit of the 1920s. These literary heroines did what they wanted and said what they thought, living wholly in the moment... (read more)

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Southern Writers
Southern Writers
by David G. Spielman
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A revealing pictorial of the South's leading writers.... (read more)

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Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story
by Amanda Vaill
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A dazzling biography for readers of The Great Gatsby and other Lost Generation authors Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time; handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans... (read more)

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A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade
by Christopher Benfey
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The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade intersected in an intricate map... (read more)

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Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930
Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930
by Robert Mcalmon
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There is no more exhilarating decade in the history of modern letters than the twenties in Paris. They were all there: Pound, Hemingway, Stein, Joyce, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, MacLeish, Harry Crosby, H.D., Sinclair Lewis, Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, Djuna... (read more)

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Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research
Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research
by Edited By Bruce Joshua Miller.
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“Each morning I would strike out for this temple of learning in the crisp autumn air . . . with a sense of purpose and the conviction that this was where I belonged.”—Marilyn Stasio from “My Research Project”  ... (read more)

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Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet
Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet
by Eugene Walter
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“Ive had a great life, and it all happened because I didnt plan any of it.” -- Eugene Walter Eugene Walter was the best-known man youve never heard of. In his 76 years, he ate of “the ripened heart of life,” to quote a letter from... (read more)

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The American Writer: Shaping a Nation's Mind
The American Writer: Shaping a Nation's Mind
by Jack Cady
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Having considered the subject for more than sixty years, Jack Cady shares his knowledge of the American Writer in this wonderful and provocative book. The American Writer is both an open letter to young writers and a lovely overview for anyone interested... (read more)

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What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960
What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960
by Gordon Hutner
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Agriculture in the United States has changed dramatically in the last two hundred years. Economic transformation marked by the expansion of the industrial economy and big business has contributed to an increase in industrial food production. Amid this... (read more)

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Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance
Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance
by Ronald A Bosco
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In the provocative discussions comprising this collection, scholars Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson and Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda explore the multifaceted, enduring legacy of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. In the process they challenge and inspire... (read more)

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From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories
From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories
by Fred Erisman
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Close on the heels of the American publicandrsquo;s early enthusiasm over the airplane came aviation stories for the young. From 1910 until the early 1960s, they exalted flight and painted the airplane as the most modern and adventuresome of machines... (read more)

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Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
by Anna Lillios
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One of the twentieth century's most intriguing and complicated literary friendships was that between Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. In death, their reputations have reversed, but in the early 1940s Rawlings had already achieved wild... (read more)

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Plotting the golden West :American literature and the rhetoric of the California Trail
Plotting the golden West :American literature and the rhetoric of the California Trail
by Stephen Fender
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This book focuses on the experience of the Californian Gold Rush of 1849-1850, not in terms of what happened (a subject much covered by historians) but in terms of how people of various levels of sophistication wrote about it. Drawing on a variety of... (read more)

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