By T. Austin Graham

Within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, American authors pioneered a style of musical writing that particularly actually resounded past the broadcast web page. Novels received soundtracks, poetry forced its audiences to sing, and the ostensibly silent act of examining turned something yet. The nice American Songbooks is the tale of this literature, instantaneously an outline of musical and authorial perform on the century's flip, an research into the sensory dimensions of studying, and a meditation at the results that the preferred arts have had on literary modernism. The writings of John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Walt Whitman are heard in a brand new key; the performers and tunesmiths who encouraged them have their tales advised; and the track of the earlier, lengthy out of print and type, is recapitulated and made to be had in electronic shape.

A paintings of feedback located on the crossroads of literary research, musicology, and cultural historical past, The nice American Songbooks demonstrates the significance of learning fiction and poetry from interdisciplinary views, and it indicates new avenues for study within the dawning age of the electronic humanities.

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