By Phillip J. Barrish

Among the Civil battle and the 1st international struggle, realism was once the main renowned kind of American fiction. Realist writers of the interval contain a few of America's maximum, comparable to Henry James, Edith Wharton and Mark Twain, but in addition many lesser-known writers whose paintings nonetheless speaks to us this present day, for example Charles Chesnutt, Zitkala-Ša and Sarah Orne Jewett. Emphasizing realism's historic context, this creation lines the genre's dating with strong, frequently violent, social conflicts regarding race, gender, classification and nationwide beginning. It additionally examines how the realist kind was once created; the unavoidably ambiguous dating among realism produced at the web page and fact outdoors the e-book; and different, frequently contradictory, kinds 'realism' took in literary works by means of assorted authors. the main obtainable but refined account of yank literary realism at the moment on hand, this quantity could be of significant worth to scholars, academics and readers of the yank novel.

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