Required reading: why our American classics matter now

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
Pub. Date:
1997.
Edition:
1st ed.
Language:
English
Description
In his deeply felt new book, Andrew Delbanco -- author of the much praised Death of Satan (FSG, 1996) -- shows why these classic American writers remain indispensable in our age of uncertainty over what constitutes our common heritage. Required Reading is a work of gratitude and urgency, for, as Delbanco says, I have no doubt that the world is better for these books having been written, and I believe it is the responsibility of the critic to incite others to read them.In superb chapters touching on Thoreau, Melville, Wharton, Richard Wright, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, and others, he shows how each writer enlarged the expressive range of the American language, as well as our imagined sense of American possibilities. From Theodore Dreiser and Kate Chopin to Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston, these artists celebrate the ideal of the free individual while conveying with searing honesty the struggle to defend this ideal against hostile conditions and ideas. A belief that individuals, whether born as servants or masters, can break out of the confines of history and achieve lives of freedom and fulfillment is implicit in what they wrote. This belief in transcendence remains at the core of the American imagination and in the literature that Required Reading makes exciting and fresh.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780374230074
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID afda8b8f-6077-c6d1-0733-31a29fa716e0
Grouping Title required reading why our american classics matter now
Grouping Author delbanco andrew
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-10-10 01:06:21AM
Last Indexed 2018-10-22 04:46:40AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Delbanco, Andrew, 1952-
author_display Delbanco, Andrew
available_at_aspen ASD High School Library
detailed_location_aspen ASD High School Library
display_description
format_aspen Book
format_category_aspen Books
id afda8b8f-6077-c6d1-0733-31a29fa716e0
isbn 9780374230074
item_details ils:.b11341543|.i25887543|ASD High School Library|810.9 DEL|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||adhi||
itype_aspen Book
last_indexed 2018-10-22T10:46:40.795Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_aspen 810.9 DEL
owning_library_aspen Aspen School District
owning_location_aspen ASD High School Library
primary_isbn 9780374230074
publishDate 1997
record_details ils:.b11341543|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|Farrar, Straus & Giroux,|1997.|xi, 225 pages ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_aspen
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b11341543 .i25887543 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
subject_facet American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc, Amerikaans, Aufsatzsammlung, Books and reading -- United States, Canon, Canon (Literature), Chefs-d'�uvre (Litt�erature), Democracy in literature, D�emocratie dans la litt�erature, Geschichte 1800-1900, Kanon, Letterkunde, Liberalism in literature, Liberalismus, Lib�eralisme dans la litt�erature, Literatur, Literature and society -- United States, Litt�erature américaine -- Histoire et critique -- Th�eorie, etc, Litt�erature et soci�et�e -- États-Unis, Livres et lecture -- États-Unis, National characteristics, American, in literature, Nord-Américains dans la litt�erature, Politics and literature -- United States, Politique et litt�erature -- États-Unis, USA
title_display Required reading : why our American classics matter now
title_full Required reading : why our American classics matter now / Andrew Delbanco
title_short Required reading :
title_sub why our American classics matter now
topic_facet American literature, Amerikaans, Aufsatzsammlung, Books and reading, Canon, Canon (Literature), Chefs-d'�uvre (Litt�erature), Democracy in literature, D�emocratie dans la litt�erature, Geschichte 1800-1900, Histoire et critique, History and criticism, Kanon, Letterkunde, Liberalism in literature, Liberalismus, Lib�eralisme dans la litt�erature, Literatur, Literature and society, Litt�erature américaine, Litt�erature et soci�et�e, Livres et lecture, National characteristics, American, in literature, Nord-Américains dans la litt�erature, Politics and literature, Politique et litt�erature, Theory, etc, Th�eorie, etc