By Adam Augustyn
Deviating from the romanticism of prior works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a different realism and a frequently severe view of yank society. With penetrating analyses, writers reminiscent of Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered basic flaws in govt and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills comparable to prejudice and intolerance. Readers will stumble upon those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.
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Though intended to create sympathy for the exploited and poorly treated immigrant workers in the meat-packing industry, The Jungle instead aroused widespread public indignation at the qualUpton Sinclair. Hulton Archive/ ity of and impurities in Getty Images 51 7 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 7 processed meats and thus helped bring about the passage of federal food-inspection laws. ” The Jungle is the most enduring of the works of the muckrakers. J. The building was destroyed by fire in 1907 and the project abandoned.
Yet Susan admired the poetry’s wit and verve and offered the kind of personally attentive audience Dickinson craved. 62 7 From the Civil War to 1914 7 On one occasion, Susan’s dissatisfaction with a poem, “Safe in their alabaster chambers,” resulted in the drafting of alternative stanzas. Susan was an active hostess, and her home was the venue at which Dickinson met a few friends, most importantly Samuel Bowles, publisher and editor of the influential Springfield Republican. Gregarious, captivating, and unusually liberal on the question of women’s careers, Bowles had a high regard for Dickinson’s poems, publishing (without her consent) seven of them during her lifetime—more than appeared in any other outlet.
Little Women created a realistic but wholesome picture of family life with which younger readers could easily identify. In 1869 Alcott was able to write in her journal: “Paid up all the debts . . ” She followed Little Women’s success with further domestic narratives drawn from her early experiences: An OldFashioned Girl (1870); Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag, 6 vol. (1872–82); Little Men (1871); Eight Cousins (1875); Rose in Bloom (1876); and Jo’s Boys (1886). Except for a European tour in 1870 and a few briefer trips to New York, she spent the last two decades of her life in Boston and Concord, caring for her mother, who died in 1877 after a lengthy illness, and her increasingly helpless father.