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Early American Art and Literature
Transcript of Early American Art and Literature
Examine the works of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper and identify literary elements of early American literature.
Early Americans used storytelling as a form of entertainment and expressed their thoughts and feelings through their art and literature.
One of the first American writers to gain international fame was Washington Irving.
Irving's works often told about American history.
Two of Irving's most well-known works are two short stories, "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
apparition-a ghostlike form that appears suddenly
allege-to firmly state
Excerpt from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Perhaps the best known of the new American writers was James Fenimore Cooper.
Stories about the West and the Native Americans who lived on the frontier fascinated him.
One of Cooper's best known works was
The Last of the Mohicans.
James Fenimore Cooper
Last of the Mohicans
accoutrements-dress and gear
Early American Literary Elements