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Deviating from the romanticism of previous works, American literature that emerged after the mid-19th century followed a different realism and a frequently serious view of yank society. With penetrating analyses, writers corresponding to Henry Adams and Upton Sinclair uncovered basic flaws in executive and undefined, whereas Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken incisively satirized social ills resembling prejudice and intolerance. Readers will stumble upon those and different nice minds whose fluid pens challenged the established order.

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In 1884 Clemens founded his own publishing company, bearing the name of his nephew and business agent, Charles L. 33 7 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 7 Webster, and embarked on a four-month lecture tour with fellow author George W. Cable, both to raise money for the company and to promote the sales of Huckleberry Finn. Not long after that, Clemens began the first of several Tom-and-Huck sequels. None of them would rival Huckleberry Finn. For a time, Clemens’s prospects seemed rosy. After working closely with Ulysses S.

In the more than 100 books that he would write over 30 years, Alger followed the rags-to-riches formula that he had hit upon in his first book. The success of Ragged Dick led Alger to actively support charitable institutions for the support of foundlings and runaway boys. It was in this atmosphere that Alger wrote stories of boys who rose from poverty to wealth and fame, stories that were to make him famous and contribute the “Alger hero” to the American language. In a steady succession of books that are almost alike except for the names of their characters, he preached that by honesty, cheerful perseverance, and hard work, the poor but virtuous lad would have his just reward— though the reward was almost always precipitated by a stroke of good luck.

Though intended to create sympathy for the exploited and poorly treated immigrant workers in the meat-packing industry, The Jungle instead aroused widespread public indignation at the qualUpton Sinclair. Hulton Archive/ ity of and impurities in Getty Images 51 7 American Literature from the 1850s to 1945 7 processed meats and thus helped bring about the passage of federal food-inspection laws. ” The Jungle is the most enduring of the works of the muckrakers. J. The building was destroyed by fire in 1907 and the project abandoned.

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