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A Journey Through American Literature

Kevin J. Hayes

15 March 2012

ISBN: 9780199862061

240 pages

Price: £21.49



A spirited and lively introduction to American literature, this book acquaints readers with the key authors, works, and events in the nation's rich and ecclectic literary tradition.

  • Ideal text for students and general readers seeking a brief, easy-to-read survey of American literature
  • Written in clear-cut, accessible prose
  • Features over 20 illustrations and a chronology charting the key events and works in America's literary history

About the Author(s)

Kevin J. Hayes, Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Kevin J. Hayes is Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma and the author of The Road to Monticello.

Table of Contents

    1. Beginnings
    2. Travels
    3. Autobiography
    4. Narrative Voice and the Short Story
    5. Poetry
    6. The Drama of the Everyday
    7. The Great American Novel
    8. Endings


"A reflective and mature reader and writer, Hayes adopts an unhurried yet quietly authoritative persona as he meanders through the rich experiments of American literature. Valuing concision and clarity, he offers reasonable, clear critical assessments his canvas is comprehensive ... Recommended" - M. J. McDonough, Monroe Community College, CHOICE