By Roger Lathbury
A accomplished reference advisor to the modernist stream in American literature, this quantity presents a wealth of knowledge on American modernism, the misplaced iteration, modernism within the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance, modernism in poetry and drama, and the literary tradition of the Moderns. Writers coated contain: Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and extra.
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That lack of closure gives the poem a tension that keeps it alive for its readers. Color was a promising debut. Some of its short poems have lodged in the public mind. No later book by Cullen reached the intensity of his initial effort. Cullen was married, briefly, to W. E. B. Du Bois’s daughter Yolande. He taught English and French at Frederick Douglass Junior High School in New York. One of his students was James Baldwin, who later became a distinguished novelist and essayist. A translator and sometime novelist, Cullen collected his poems in On These I Stand, one year before his death in 1946.
Eliot or William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost never wrote the big poem, the one that marks a watershed in his work or for his time. ” He certainly succeeded. Can any poet do more? Was that really all Frost hoped for? It sounds a shade defensive and overly modest. With Frost one never knows. William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) Although T. S. Eliot worked as a banker and later as an executive for an English publishing house and although other writers associated with modernism had jobs in order to support themselves, only William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens were serious practitioners in other fields.
41 Am e r ica n Mo d ern i s m (1910– 1945) ❧ SPEAKEASIES ❧ P r o h i b i t i o n w a s s i m p l y i m p o s s i b l e t o e n f o r c e . Pe o p l e w h o w a n t e d to drink in bars found ways to do so that almost openly flouted t h e l a w. O n e m e t h o d w a s t h e c l u b c a l l e d a “ s p e a k e a s y. ” T h i s w a s an establishment, advertised only by word of mouth, where people could gather to drink. In many cases, one could gain entrance to a speakeasy by the use of a password.
American Modernism: (1910-1945) (Background to American Literature) by Roger Lathbury