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    Hey all, i was wondering if anybody has any recommendations for American Literature up until 1890?

    And also any knowledge on particular literary movements at this time in Am Lit?

    So basically any early American Literature?

    (A really rep-worthy recommendation would be for female writers discussing the race issue (native or black) - so modern writers would be Toni Morrison/Alice Walker... so past authors of that 'ilk'?

    Thanks guys!!
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    You might want to check out the Trancendentalist movement eg Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman etc
    For a female author, take a look at Margaret Fuller?
    I'm no expert on the movement, I've just been meaning to read Thoreau's Walden for quite some time and now the holidays are upon me, I probably will.
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    (Original post by Specialheffa)
    Hey all, i was wondering if anybody has any recommendations for American Literature up until 1890?

    And also any knowledge on particular literary movements at this time in Am Lit?

    So basically any early American Literature?

    (A really rep-worthy recommendation would be for female writers discussing the race issue (native or black) - so modern writers would be Toni Morrison/Alice Walker... so past authors of that 'ilk'?

    Thanks guys!!
    I gotta try the obvious: Mark Twain?
    Herman Melville?

    I'm not too good on early american lit (an old teacher claims it doesn't really kick off until the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries)
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    early Henry James
    Ambrose Bierce

    Walt Whitman, of course
    Emily Dickinson- one of the great American poets, though she wasn't published until after her death.

    Obviously: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom's Cabin- she wrote other books too.
    The Journal of Charlotte Forten: a black teacher.
    Edmund Wilson wrote an enormous book Patriotic Gore on US civil war literature, which might have more on yourr specialist topic
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    Mark Twain is awesome

    The trouble with early/ nineteenth century American Lit. is that there isn't much thats well known/ still in print.

    Examples of female authors discussing the issue of race:
    Harriet E. Wilson (first black woman to be published, I think??)
    Frances E.W Harper
    ^ had a look on amazon and works by both of these authors are listed so they shouldn't be too difficult to get hold of.

    There's also Lydia Child, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- again, all of whom write about race/ slavery

    Other pre-1890 American authors that haven't already been mentioned:
    Booker T. Washington
    Washington Irving
    Susanna Rowson
    Hannah Foster
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    (Original post by Recusant)
    You might want to check out the Trancendentalist movement eg Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman etc
    For a female author, take a look at Margaret Fuller?
    I'm no expert on the movement, I've just been meaning to read Thoreau's Walden for quite some time and now the holidays are upon me, I probably will.
    Yep, i've been reading Emerson's essays... bloody fascinating..

    Also Emily Dickinson = SUPERB
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    Mark Twain is awesome

    The trouble with early/ nineteenth century American Lit. is that there isn't much thats well known/ still in print.

    Examples of female authors discussing the issue of race:
    Harriet E. Wilson (first black woman to be published, I think??)
    Frances E.W Harper
    ^ had a look on amazon and works by both of these authors are listed so they shouldn't be too difficult to get hold of.

    There's also Lydia Child, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- again, all of whom write about race/ slavery

    Other pre-1890 American authors that haven't already been mentioned:
    Booker T. Washington
    Washington Irving
    Susanna Rowson
    Hannah Foster
    Thanks for this, alot of the authors i have already heard of and found books of... i find this period fascinating to study in comparison to later American Literature, and also the historical and cultural context the texts are written in.

    One fabulous book i would reccomend would be Edward Bellamy's "Looking Backward 2000-1887". An influentical Utopian novel,as opposed to Dystopian (for once!). Bellamy creates a picture of a wonderful future modern society, yes sceptics can come out of the wood work, but it's a joy to read.
 
 
 
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