Each of the 18 essays in this volume focuses on a single work of American literature. Written in clear, jargon-free style by college and university professors, each explores the nuances of the work -- themes, characterization, use of language -- enabling the student to comprehend, interpret and write about the classics. Volume 2 covers Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy", Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs", Saul Bellow's "Herzog", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night", and "The Great Gatsby", Edith Warton's "Ethan Frome", Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man", Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" and others. Volumes also feature timelines, author chronologies, bibliographies with further reading suggestions and cumulative indexes.
"Each of these essays is written in an admirably jargon-free style, making them accessible to high school as well as undergraduate students. It is possible that graduate students, high school teachers, and college professors eill also find these essays useful as aids for study and teaching...The essays this reviewer sampled were so crisply written it was considered a pleasure to read, not simply browse them...There may be some quick look-up reference value in this volume but it will be most useful on the circulating shelves so that students can read these essays at their leisure."
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