American Literature in the post- Civil War

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Last updated: May 10, 2019

Horatio Alger
New-Englander, wrote juvenile fiction. believed that a poor boy could achieve success and wealth through virtue, honesty, hard-work, and bravery; said that there is always room at the top

Walt Whitman
poet, wrote “O Captain! My Captain” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” about Lincoln’s assasination

Emily Dickinson
poet, 2,000 lyric poems discovered after death, Massachusetts recluse

Kate Chopin
daring feminist author, wrote about suicide, adultery, and women’s ambitions in The Awakening, largely ignored in her day,

Mark Twain
journalist, humorist, satirist, foe of social injustice; wrote satire on post-civil war politicians called The Gilded Age, gave a name to the era. created a new breed of American authors

Stephen Crane
wrote about his life in urban, industrial America; wrote The Red Badge of Courage about a Civil War recruit; wrote entirely from reading civil war records, never saw a battle

Henry Adams
grandson of John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of John Adams; historian, novelist, critic

Henry James
went from law to literature; wrote The Bostonians about the rising feminist movement, his books had strong central female characters,

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