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By Warner Berthoff

In American Trajectories Warner Berthoff argues that even within the broadest cultural and ancient standpoint, resourceful literature (like the entire arts) is an issue of person signatures and variations. He additionally places forth that there are recognizable styles and continuities marking off what's distinctively American, what either displays and speaks for a shared nationwide event. Discussions of Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain, Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, and Edmund Wilson specialize in the provenance and crucial personality of writing by way of mainstream figures in our literary previous. The essays on Brockden Brown, Nathan Asch, O. Henry, Frank O'Hara, Lewis Mumford, and Van Wyck Brooks spotlight marginal, overlooked, forgotten, or no longer but absolutely said individuals to American writing.

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