A History of American Literature

A History of American Literature

by Richard Gray
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present.

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today
  • Covers fiction,
…  See more details below

Overview

Updated throughout and with much new material, A History of American Literature, Second Edition, is the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey available of the myriad forms of American Literature from pre-Columbian times to the present.

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date history of American literature available today
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as other forms of literature including folktale, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller, and science fiction
  • Explores the plural character of American literature, including the contributions made by African American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian American writers
  • Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past?thirty years
  • Situates American literature in the contexts of American history, politics and society
  • Offers an invaluable introduction to American literature for students at all levels, academic and general readers

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this scholarly but accessible history of American literature, subject specialist Gray (Univ. of Essex) covers the entire range of periods and genres, beginning with Native American oral traditions and progressing to today's postmodern, multicultural, and multidimensional literature. Like previous authors, Gray examines mainstream poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction, along with the major authors associated with these genres. But he doesn't stop there: he also delves into folktales, spirituals, Westerns, detective stories, and science fiction, to name a few, placing each in the context of American social and cultural history. In addition, Gray takes a close look at more recent developments and the many forces shaping American literature today. Divided into sections that allow readers to concentrate on particular topics, this excellent study is relatively easy to move through. While it is ideal for classroom use, it is also suitable for general readers. Though many histories of American literature exist, this one is especially welcome for the breadth of its coverage. Highly recommended for all collections. Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Richard Gray's real achievement is somehow to have compressed more than 400 years of thrillingly rich literary history between two covers." (Literary Review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444345681
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
912
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This book is the first comprehensive, single volume history of American literature since The Columbia Literary History of the United States edited by Elliott Emory and published sixteen years ago. It is a puzzle, given the extraordinary interest in American literature at home and abroad, that so few full histories of American literature have been published. Consider the fact that the Columbia history arrived nearly four decades after R. E. Spiller's Literary History of the United States. What makes Gray's book so extraordinary is that it supercedes the Spiller and Emory texts in nearly every respect, and even challenges the supremacy of the titanic (this pun is intentional), multi-volume, still-evolving Cambridge History of American Literature. How Gray managed to so captivatingly capture the depth and breadth of so complex a literature in under a thousand pages is worth considering. [...] Richard Gray possesses the most balanced scholarship of the entire range of American literature I ever read. [...] This is the first history of American literature fully worthy of the multi-dimensionality of its subject."
Norman Weinstein, Boise State University

Read More

Meet the Author

Richard Gray is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex and former Distinguished Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the United States. He is the first specialist in American literature to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has published over a dozen books on the topic, including the award-winning Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region (1986) and The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography (1994). His History of American Literature (Blackwell, 2004) is widely considered to be one of the standard works on the subject.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >