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Naturalism: Late 1800s


Writers in this literary period tended to see humans as the “hapless victims of immutable natural laws” (The American Experience). They were also influenced by the industrial revolution. 


Click here to download a short research activity which also offers you an opportunity to pass course competency # 2.


We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:

Jack London


Jack London

 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections

The Jack London Collection - a great site with lots of links from the University of California-Berkeley.

Jack London - his life and books - an interesting site from the Jack London State Historic Park in California.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Story: "To Build a Fire" -p. 620

  

Audio Book/MP3 

London's short story, "To Build a Fire", is available as "literature for your eyes and ears" through LoudLit.org! 

 


We may also explore one or more of the following works...  

 

My Antonia

by

Willa Cather

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Even more to explore...


  

Miriam Davis Colt

 

 

 

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Excerpt from Diary: "Heading West" -p. 608

  


 

Stephen Crane

 

 

 Links to Connections

The Stephen Crane Society - nice resource from the University of Washington

 

Perspectives in American Literature: Stephen Crane- a great research source from California State University

  

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Short Story: "An Episode of War" -p. 486

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Chief Joseph

 Links to Connections 

 New Perspectives on The West: Chief Joseph - great resource from PBS

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

 

Speech: “I Will Fight No More Forever” -p. 614

 


 

John Wesley Powell

 Links to Connections 

 Major John Wesley Powell - biographical information from the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum. 

 

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Nonfiction: "The Most Sublime Spectacle on Earth" -p. 301

 


Ezra Pound

 Links to Connections

  Ezra Pound- from the Academy of American Poets, biographical information as well as links to some of his works.

 

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Essay: "A Few Don’ts" -p. 727

 Poem: "The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter" -p. 730

 Poem: "In a Station of the Metro" -p. 732

 


 

 

Carl Sandburg

 Links to Connections

  Carl Sandburg: Chicago Poems - read the full e-text of Sandburg's Chicago poems here.

 

Carl Sandburg - biographical information and e-texts from the Academy of American Poets.

  

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Poem: "Chicago" -p. 840

 Poem: "Grass" -p. 842

 

Audio Book/MP3 

 Carl Sandburg at Librivox- this link will lead you to all the Sandburg works available as MP3 files at Librivox.

 


Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Masters: The American Novel Literary Timeline- a great site from PBS, this link offers lots of information on the various movements, periods, novels and authors of American literature.

 

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.

 

Work Cited

The American Experience. New Jersey.  Prentice Hall Literature, 1991.