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Deviating from the romanticism of prior works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a unique realism and a regularly severe view of yank society. With penetrating analyses, writers similar to Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered primary flaws in govt and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills similar to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will come upon those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.

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When he died in 1918, in his sleep in his Washington home, he was, according to his wish, buried next to his wife in an unmarked grave. In 1919 he was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the Education. Adams is noted for an ironic literary style coupled with a detached, often bitter, tone. These characteristics have led 50 7 From the Civil War to 1914 7 some critics to view him as an irascible misfit. They contend that his fascination with the Middle Ages and his continuous emphasis upon failure were masks behind which he hid a misanthropic alienation from the world.

Ida M. Tarbell’s The History of the Standard Oil Company (1904) and Lincoln Steffens’s The Shame of the Cities (1904) were typical contributions by two members of a large group of journalistic crusaders. Henry Adams One of the most devastating and most literate attacks on modern life was an autobiography of a scion of an ancient New England family, the Adamses. Educated at Harvard and abroad, Henry Adams was a great teacher and historian (in noteworthy works such as History of the United States [1889–91] and Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres [1904]).

On occasion she interpreted her correspondents’ laxity in replying as evidence of neglect or even betrayal. Indeed, the loss of friends, whether through death or cooling interest, became a basic pattern for Dickinson. Much of her writing, both poetic and epistolary, seems premised on a feeling of abandonment and a matching effort to deny, overcome, or reflect on a sense of solitude. Dickinson’s closest friendships usually had a literary flavour. She was introduced to the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson by one of her father’s law students, Benjamin F.

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