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Literature and the time of 1870-1939

A presentation on the 1870's to 1939, through the eyes of Literature.

Eliana Correll

on 15 March 2011

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Literature 1870's-1939 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925 Portrays the prosperity and hopefulness of the 1920's as well as the decaying social and moral values of the people. "I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool... You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow... And I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything." 1939 A novel that depicts the major drought of the 1930's. Speaking mainly of focusing on ones needs and not necesarily their safety. "The kids are hungry. We got no place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land." 1870 Luck of Roaring Camp A depictment of frontier life in the 1870's. " clinging to the frail babe as a drowning man is said to cling to a straw, drifted away into the shadowy river that flows forever to the unknown sea." Bret Harte A novel hat explains the changes in womans work during the industrial era. "The very ardor and insight which
gave power to the actress made that mimic life unsatisfactory to the
woman, for hers was an earnest nature that took fast hold of
whatever task she gave herself to do, and lived in it heartily while
duty made it right, or novelty lent it charms. Work Louisa May Alcott 1873 Looking Back 1888 In the Novel, Looking Back, Bellamy attempts to portray ideal american socialism. "With a tear for the dark past, turn we then to the dazzling future, and, veiling our eyes, press forward. The long and weary winter of the race is ended. Its summer has begun. Humanity has burst the chrysalis. The heavens are before it." Edward Bellamy The Octopus Frank Norris A novel that exhibits the conflicts between wheatgrowers and railway companys. Based off of the Mussel Slough Tragedy in 1880. "If I were to name the one crying evil of American life, Mr. Derrick, it would be the indifference of the better people to public affairs 1901 The Jungle Upton Sinclair 1906 Now in November Grapes Of Wrath John Steinbeck A novel regarding a middle class famiy that is deeply effected by the depression and droughts. Josephine Johnson 1934 In Dubious Battle A novel about the fruit workers strikes in California, and the attemps to organize them. "Mostly a guy that tries to scare you is a guy that can be scared." John Steinbeck 1936 How The Other Half Lives Portrayed the poor living conditions in the slums of New York City. "That the security of the one no less than of the other half demands, on sanitary, moral, and economic grounds, that it be decently housed." Jacob Riss 1890 All I Could Ever Be Written through the eyes of a Polish immigrant, this book shows the sturggle of trying to be an american. Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse." Anzia Yezierska 1932 Beautiful and Damned A novel showing a couples struggles as well as showing the eastern elite during the Jazz era. "Things are sweeter when they're lost. I know--because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot. And when I got it it turned to dust in my hands." Scott Fitzgerald 1922 Babbitt A sattire of american culture that portrayed the true emptiness of middle class society. All of them perceived that American Democracy did not imply any equality of wealth, but did demand a wholesome sameness of thought, dress, painting, morals, and vocabulary. 1922 Sinclair Lewis The Job A novel of the working rights of women, and what it is like being a woman working a mans job, and maintaining a marriage. "Fine, large, meaningless, general terms like romance and business can always be related. They take the place of thinking, and are highly useful to optimists and lecturers." Sinclair Lewis 1917 The Souls Of Black Folk Essays dealing with sociology and being an African American living in an American society. "To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word." W.E.B. Dubois 1903 The Jungle shows an analysis on the lives and workplace of meatpaking plant employees. "Things that were quite unspeakable went on there in the packing houses all the time, and were taken for granted by everybody; only they did not show, as in the old slavery times, because there was no difference in color between master and slave."
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