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.

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

Jack London

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:

Short 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!

Featured Literary Works...

My Antonia  by Willa Cather 

 Even more to explore...

Miriam Davis Colt  

 Went to Kansas; Being a Thrilling Account of an Ill-Fated Expedition to That Fairy Land, and its Sad Results; Together with a Sketch of the Life of the Author and How the World Goes with Her by Mrs. Miriam Davis Colt - the full e-text from the Kansas Collection created by a retired professor of the University of Kansas.

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

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

Chief Joseph

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. 426

 

 John Wesley Powell 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

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

Ezra Pound

 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

 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

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

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.