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American literature XX century


Performed: Ivanova E.V.
Checked: Khrenova N.F.


Important movements in drama, poetry, fiction, and criticism took shape in the years before, during, and after World
War I.
Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)
Significant works: Gone with the Wind – (1936), a novel about life during the Civil War through the prism of a
northern family. The writer worked on it for 10 years and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.


Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)
Significant works:
"Trilogy of desire" novels The Financier, The Titan, The Stoic - the theme of the role of man in the great machine
of American business.
The Genius – (1915), a novel about an unrecognized artist, was banned for publication for a long time, An
American Tragedy – (1925), a novel about how originally a "pure" person changes society.


Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Significant works:
A Farewell to Arms! – 1929, a love story during the war;
For whom the bell Tolls – 1940, a novel about fates lost in the wreckage of conflicts and wars;
The Old Man and the Sea – 1952, a philosophical novel about the power of the Spirit, which is in the top 50 of
world literature.


Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
Significant works:
The Great Gatsby – 1925, a novel about the internal crisis of carefree and wealthy years after the First World War;
Tender Is the Night – 1934, a story about love, ambition, money and circumstances.


Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
Significant works: Dandelion Wine, In Memory of Will Rogers.


Jerome Salinger (1919-2010) is the idol of all teenagers in the world. With his landmark novel 'Catcher in
the Rye’, J.D. Salinger was an influential 20th-century American writer.


Truman Capote (1924-1984)
Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966). His works have been adapted into
more than 20 films and television dramas.


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