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A m e r i c a n l i t e r a t u r e
19th century literature (1800 – 1900)
in the 1830´s and 1840´s writers began to look at the western frontiers for ideas about American life.
had a tragic view of life.
In most of his work is a struggle between good and evile
His life and writings were influenced by his youth experiences as a sailor
Moby Dick – it´s his greatest work. It´s about voyage and hunt after great while whale, Moby Dick. Moby Dick in this work represents God or fate. Captain Ahab has a light and dark side that fights againts each other. In the end the dark side wins. Moby Dick is killed and Ahab´s ship, including himself, is destroyed.
one of the most popular authors
he wrote for both children and adults
among his best known book belongs :
The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
EDGAR ALLAN POE
his most famous poemis:
20th century literature
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
wrote stories about „Lost generation“
young people who had lost their American ideals, faith in God and faith in Man
The Great Gatsboy – the hero believes that he can buy happiness for money
The Grapes of Wrath (Hrozny hněvu)
others works of Steinack include:
East of Eden - amodern parallet of the Bible story about Cain and Abel, and Travels with Charley
he describes here the experiences while travelling through small – town America with his dog
Poetry and Drama
T. S. ELIOT