This book situates American literature from the Great Depression tothe present day in its historical context * Explores the issues that engaged American writers from1929 to the present * Draws on a range of documents from magazine and newspaperaccounts to government reports and important non-fiction * The book covers political ferment of the 1930s; post-World WarII anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization anddemographic change; juvenile delinquency, mental illness and theperception of the U.S. as a sick society; andpost-1965 immigration * Designed to be compatible with the major anthologies ofliterature from the period * Equips students and general readers with the necessaryhistorical context needed to understand the writings from thisperiod and provides original and useful readings that demonstratehow context contributes to meaning * Includes a historical timeline, featuring key literaryworks, American presidents, and historical events
Philip R. Yannella is Professor of English and American Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia. He has taught courses on the full range of American literature as well as on history, culture, class, and radicalism. His previous publications include The Other Carl Sandburg (1996).
Timeline of Texts and Historical Events viii Introduction 1 1 The Depression and the Early 1940s 4 2 Anti-Communism 27 3 Bad and Mad 57 4 Places 94 5 Immigrant Destinies 120 Index 138