• Title: A New Literary History of America
  • Author: Greil Marcus W. Sollors
  • ISBN: 9780674035942
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A New Literary History of America America is a nation making itself up as it goes along a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images letters and poetry unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination In the
    America is a nation making itself up as it goes along a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination In these myriad, multiform, endlessly changing expressions of the American experience, the authors and editors of this volume find a new American history.In than two hundred oAmerica is a nation making itself up as it goes along a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination In these myriad, multiform, endlessly changing expressions of the American experience, the authors and editors of this volume find a new American history.In than two hundred original essays, A New Literary History of America brings together the nation s many voices From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, the book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what Made in America means Literature, music, film, art, history, science, philosophy, political rhetoric cultural creations of every kind appear in relation to each other, and to the time and place that give them shape.The meeting of minds is extraordinary as T J Clark writes on Jackson Pollock, Paul Muldoon on Carl Sandburg, Camille Paglia on Tennessee Williams, Sarah Vowell on Grant Wood s American Gothic, Walter Mosley on hard boiled detective fiction, Jonathan Lethem on Thomas Edison, Gerald Early on Tarzan, Bharati Mukherjee on The Scarlet Letter, Gish Jen on Catcher in the Rye, and Ishmael Reed on Huckleberry Finn From Anne Bradstreet and John Winthrop to Philip Roth and Toni Morrison, from Alexander Graham Bell and Stephen Foster to Alcoholics Anonymous, Life, Chuck Berry, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ronald Reagan, this is America singing, celebrating itself, and becoming something altogether different, plural, singular, new.Please visit newliteraryhistory for information.

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    1. Well, there aren't enough stars in the "heaventree" of the system to do justice to A New Literary History of America. This book collects 200 essays to trace America's literary history from 1507 when the name America first appeared on a map to the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In between is an incredible journey celebrating not only the important moments in our literature but such other significant things as song lyrics, hallmark speeches and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Some of these essa [...]

    2. Co-edited by one of this country's most dazzlingly wide-ranging, prolific, and intellectually charismatic writers, Greil Marcus, among the most celebrated nonfiction volumes in the past year, this vast, wickedly vibrant--Ann Marlowe on Linda Lovelace?--education between covers must come with a small note of warning: an extended trance state induced by the treasure-like essays here can produce incidents such as dropping "the Harvard book" on one's still-asleep-foot, causing it turn bruise-black a [...]

    3. Some numbers: 1044 pages. 223 essays. Five pages for every essay. 201 essayists. Three essayists (the editors, Marcus and Sollors, plus David Thomson) with three or more essays. Twelve editorial board members, recruiting, a number of whom write twice. Fourteen contributors without University affiliation, only one of these on the Editorial Board. Five of the so-called "Seven Arts" (Painting, Literature, Theater, Sculpture, Architecture, Dance, Music) represented among the 223 with an essay. One e [...]

    4. A challenging, engrossing, and wonderfully rewarding compendium of essays on this country's literary history -- from John Smith to Phillis Wheatley to Edith Wharton to Miguel Pinero. It focuses primarily on the written word, but also on visual arts: one of the best pieces in the book is on Maya Lin and the Vietnam Memorial, while another great essay discusses the Hays Code and the question of film censorship. This studies a canon of work that is wonderfully varied, and part of the joy is stumbli [...]

    5. For a literary history, this book seems to do everything it possibly can to avoid being about books.The back cover should give you a clue about this. It mentions essays like:- The name 'America' appears for the first time- The president delivers a six-minute speech- D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation is released- Bob Dylan writes "Song to Woody"- Barack Obama is electedThe thing you might notice is that none of these essays are about books. And so goes kindof a surprising number of essays in the [...]

    6. This is probably going to take me forever, but it's awesome so far!*****Started again 9/1/14.I'm not going to mark this as "currently reading" because my present strategy is to average at least one essay a nightaning, if I actually keep it up, it will take me over half a year (if not longer) to get through the whole thing. Plus, I REALLY wish there was a Kindle version's enormous!

    7. This one has some serious heft - both figuratively and literally. It would have taken me ages to read all of the essays, but it was fun to read through the ones that caught my attention during the 3 weeks I had it from the library. From the Revolution through the election of Barack Obama, the essays trace the history of the United States through literature. My favorite essays covered Hurricane Katrina, the legalization of gambling in Nevada, the Book of Mormom, Hawthorne and Melville, and an ana [...]

    8. a MUST have for anybody who is serious about their fiction in the 20th century west (and 21st some too). So get this and keep it next to your dictionary. much better than any google or wiki could ever be. why? because greil marcus put a lot of thought, sweat and soul in here too. Think of this as the Oxford Atlas of the World or Roget's or Websters or OED of cool lit.

    9. It took me three and one half years to read this book. Sometimes I would read a couple a day and sometimes I would not read any essays for a months.Some of the essays flew over my head. Some were very thought provoking.The interpretation of Literary is very broad. I learned these things from this cultural history. History happens all the time. It happens on all scales to all people. We cull our stories to fit in a particular grouping. Lots of stories are about guys and written about buys and mos [...]

    10. I was excited to get my hands on this, but it let me down. The main problem with it was (what I perceived as) the too-heavy impact of at least one of its editors (Greil Marcus) on the contents; I'd been hoping for more of a palimpsest, a cacophony of different voices, but many of the essays shared the same hyperallusive style that pervades Marcus's writing. (The most noticeable exceptions, intriguingly, came from some of the biggest-name contributors: Ishmael Reed on "Huck Finn," Michael Tolkin [...]

    11. More than a "traditional" body of lit-crit, this is a Harvard-centric look at the "documents" that comprise a Harvard-centric America. Harvard IS the oldest institution of "higher learning" in the USA. So it maybe isn't "bad," or beyond reason, that Harvard Fellows and Harvard grads predominate not only in the writing but in the written about (35% of the material is by or about Harvard in some way). The writing is, sometimes, stellar even when it is stridently academic, or perhaps "academicist." [...]

    12. A fantastic collection of short essays in a marvelously broad range of topics in American history by a great many writers, this book is so huge in scope that it needs to be owned and kept handy for a year or two to be properly appreciated. I've only scratched the surface with a few at the beginning (how "America" first came to appear on a map) and a few at the end. Some of these essays are fascinating and others are useless -- for instance, an essay that purports to be about modern poetry but am [...]

    13. I would love to take the time to peruse this book at my leisure. I got it from the library and as such, did not have time to read more than a few pieces. That being said - I enjoyed the topics immensely. It was interesting to read through the "history of America" from a different perspective. The title may be misleading to those who are expecting literary to be about books only. The author includes songs, speeches and other types of written works. I may add it to my kindle shelves to read at lei [...]

    14. The literary history of the United States through its more and less well-known writers, the speeches of presidents, declarations of independence, the birth of the Blues and Jazz to end with the election of the first black president. Although this manual was really long, it has been interesting.La storia della letteratura degli Stati Uniti attraverso i suoi piú e meno noti scrittori, i discorsi dei presidenti, le dichiarazioni di indipendenza, la nascita del Blues e quella del Jazz per finire co [...]

    15. This is an anthology of essays covering the literary history of America. There are sections that are brilliant and informative, other sections that are dense and difficult, but as a whole, it's an excellent read. A good book to have lying around when you need to read something but not a LOT of something. It took several months of casual reading to get through, which was exactly the pace called for.

    16. This outrageous, audacious book gathers essays about America from its beginning through President Obama's inauguration and it's SPECTACULAR. Don't let the size scare you away -- most essays range from 3-8 pages, so it's perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks. I especially appreciated the randomness of it. A wonderful, wonderful book.

    17. An interesting addition to the reference bookshelf, this collection of short essays covers seminal events in U.S. history, from the first hymnal collections to the appearance of Junius Booth in U.S. theaters. No matter how deep your knowledge is of American history or literature, you'll find some surprising events in here. Organized by year, it reflects major events in U.S. history.

    18. Reading Werner Sollors "1928, April 8, Easter Sunday: Dilsey Gibson goes to church and hears Reverend Shegog's Resurrection sermon" on Faulkner makes me want to go back and revisit The Sound and the Fury.

    19. Marcus's and Sollors'sA New Literary History of Americasits on my bookshelf between Raymond Williams'sKeywordsand Bruce Burgett's and Glenn Hendler'sKeywords for American Cultural Studies . It was totally worth the money.

    20. It's just what the title says it is - a new take on American history from the foundation of the colonies to the election of Obama - all 1,050 pages of it. Some of the essays are very interesting, others not so much. No denying that it is comprehensive.

    21. Trying to read at least one essay per day, sometimes morefascinating riffs on American history and cultural history. Much I didn't know about the puritans and early spaniards and alld I'm always a big fan of raptures built around single events or things.

    22. Some of the essays are eclectic and interesting, while others seem set on making you feel bad about being an American. It mainly seems to be about deconstructing the American dream, that kind of stuff. If you were a English or Comparative Lit major, you've probably heard a lot of this before. Meh.

    23. I've enjoyed what I've read so far, but this is not a 'get-out-of-the-library and finish in 3 weeks' kind of book. Maybe someday I'll own my own copy and make my way through it in a leisurely fashion.

    24. I read a few essays/chapters and they were really good. I just need a novel or a continuous story. I want something I can get into. Short stories, essays, etc. seem like snacks when I really want a meal. You feel me?

    25. This is the kind of book that I really like the idea of reading but may not ever get to because I'm too busy reading other things.

    26. I must buy this! I only read a few of the essays and they were wonderful, but it is far too long for a library rental

    27. Granted, it took me nearly a year to finish, but the idea of reading an essay (almost) every night made for a great project. It was a really interesting anthology and a perfect nightstand staple.

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