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Early American Art and Literature
Transcript of Early American Art and Literature
Standard 8.38-Describe the traditions in art and literature of early America.
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
Elements of Early American Art and Literature
Early American Art
Artists were inspired by the literature of Irving and Cooper.
American artists began to paint landscapes that showed the history and beauty of America.
Artists of the
Hudson River School
paintings that reflected national pride and appreciation for the American landscape.
by Thomas Cole of the Hudson River School