This is a concise, yet truly distinctive and comprehensive review of 50 authors and poets who shaped American literature from the 1600s through the mid-twentieth century. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, this anthology takes a fresh approach to the lives and burial places of the greatest authors of American literature. It includes such masters as Irving, Poe, Whitman, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, and features introductions to each time period with an overview of the historical, cultural, and literary background of the era. Through succinct and engaging biographies, extensive descriptive observations, and 200 photographs, these great writers come to life. Innovative and authoritative, this book embodies a fresh approach to the study of American literature and the authors whose works have become classics.
Award-winning author Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of the California State University Fullerton with degrees in history and criminal justice. He also pens the daily column On this date in crime history for CrimeMagazine.com.