American Literature from 1945 Through Today (The Britannica by Adam Augustyn

By Adam Augustyn

Maybe the main defining attribute of yank literature composed after international warfare II is the rejection of traditional shape and constitution with its more and more uninhibited and experimental type. Embracing works from formerly marginalized teams like African american citizens and girls and ushering in new genres, modern American literature has steadily all started to reflect the yank inhabitants in range and flexibility. during this quantity, readers are invited to imagine seriously concerning the social concerns and ideas which are as a lot part of sleek American existence as they're of contemporary American literature

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Aug. ) Truman Capote was a novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. His early writing extended the Southern Gothic tradition, but he later developed a more journalistic approach in the novel In Cold Blood (1965), which remains his bestknown work. Born Truman Persons, his parents divorced when he was young, and he spent his childhood with various elderly relatives in small towns in Louisiana and Alabama. , where he completed his secondary education at Greenwich High School. Capote drew on his childhood experiences for much of his early fiction.

Singer’s shorter novels examine characters variously tempted by evil, such as the brilliant circus magician of The Magician of Lublin, the 17th-century Jewish villagers crazed by messianism in Satan in Goray, and the enslaved Jewish scholar in The Slave. His short stories are saturated with Jewish folklore, legends, and mysticism and display his incisive understanding of the weaknesses inherent in human nature. Schlemiel Went to Warsaw, and Other Stories (1968) is one of his best-known books for children.

In The Naked Lunch (1959) and other novels William S. Burroughs, abandoning plot and coherent characterization, used a drug addict’s consciousness to depict a hideous modern landscape. William Seward Burroughs was an American writer of experimental novels that evoke, in deliberately erratic prose, a nightmarish, sometimes wildly humorous world. His sexual explicitness (he was an avowed and outspoken homosexual) and the frankness with which he dealt with his experiences as a drug addict won him a following among writers of the Beat movement.

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