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Might be the main defining attribute of yankee literature composed after global conflict II is the rejection of traditional shape and constitution with its more and more uninhibited and experimental kind. Embracing works from formerly marginalized teams like African americans and ladies and ushering in new genres, modern American literature has gradually began to reflect the yankee inhabitants in range and flexibility. during this quantity, readers are invited to imagine severely in regards to the social concerns and ideas which are as a lot part of smooth American existence as they're of contemporary American literature

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African American literature Black writers of this period found alternatives to the Richard Wright tradition of angry social protest. James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison, both protégés of Wright, wrote polemical essays calling for a literature that reflected the full complexity of black life in the United States. 58 7 Novels and Short Stories from 1945 7 James Baldwin was born in 1924. The eldest of nine children, he grew up in poverty in the black ghetto of Harlem in New York City. From 14 to 16 years of age he was active during out-of-school hours as a preacher in a small revivalist church, a period he wrote about in his semiautobiographical first and finest novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), and in his play about a woman evangelist, The Amen Corner (performed in New York City, 1965).

Then it was applied to the works of the novelists Nathanael West, Vladimir Nabokov, and Joseph Heller. The latter’s Catch-22 (1961) is a notable example, in which Captain Yossarian battles the horrors of air warfare over the Mediterranean during World War II with hilarious irrationalities matching the stupidities of the military system. Other novelists who worked in the same vein included Kurt Vonnegut, particularly in Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Thomas Pynchon, in V (1963) and Gravity’s Rainbow (1973).

D. Salinger and Richard Yates, as well as of John Updike’s Rabbit series (four novels from Rabbit, Run [1960] to Rabbit at Rest 47 7 American Literature from 1945 Through Today 7 John Updike (b. —d. Jan. ) John Updike wrote novels, short stories, and poetry and was known for his careful craftsmanship and realistic but subtle depiction of “American, Protestant, small-town, middle-class” life. , and many of his early stories draw on his youthful experiences there. He graduated from Harvard University in 1954.

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