Emily Dickinson said, “No ship can get us as far as books.” How about a journey by American literature masters that takes you to other worlds?
1. Martin Eden – Jack London
“By the imagination and love he had for her, he made her sacred and spiritual enough to have any kind of bodily intimacy. Martin’s love for her drove him away and made it seem impossible. She had taken away the only thing she wanted, her love.”
Martin Eden is Jack London’s semi-autobiographical novel that focuses on social and ideological issues of the 20th century. He wrote the book in the tradition of Künstlerroman, which deals with the development process of an artist. This novel, which reveals the mentality, value, and social status differences of American society’s classes, is a success. The American Dream is also a central theme of the novel. It argues that everyone can find success, regardless of their social status.
The story is about a working-class Martin, who falls for Ruth, a beautiful young woman from the bourgeoisie. He struggles to learn how to be a writer. Our hero is still on the verge of a terrible end.
2. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
“How do you fear a man that feels hunger not just in his shrunken stomach, but also in the shrunken belly of his children?”
John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath was a realistic novel. The story of a family of farmers who were forced to flee their home because of drought, poverty, and capitalization of agriculture during World War II has been awarded many awards including the Nobel Prize. This novel, which has become one of 20th century’s most significant works, beautifully describes the hopes, sorrows and joys of a family who left home with the hope of finding work and a better future.
3. The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
“Words can be misunderstood.”
Edgar Allan Poe was one of the original pioneers in horror and is considered one of America’s most influential writers. The Collapse of the House of Usher is one of Poe’s most famous stories. It is primarily associated with the horror, detective, mystery and thriller genres. The story is a short one that explores themes like madness, isolation and metaphysical identity. It was written with his master pen and takes readers on a dark, suspenseful journey through which love and death are interwoven.
4. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
“It’s not my intention to write an ode to grief. I just want to croak like a rooster at dawn, and wake my neighbors.”
American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote Walde back in 1854. He is one of the pioneers who understood civil disobedience. He shares with readers his experiences from two years in the forest away from the city and his marginal ideas. He shares the important implications of his social and economic life as well as the world order he established on the Walden Lake shores with us.
5. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“A piece of advice that my father gave me as a child when I was less easily influenced and younger has never left my thoughts. “When criticizing someone,’ he advised, “remember that not all people are born with the same opportunities as yourself.”
The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald’s best novel and one of the most important American novels of 20th century American literature. It tells the story about Jay Gatsby who is a young, mysterious millionaire who lives in Long Island, obsessed with reuniting his love Daisy Buchanan. The dream to relive the moments of years past drove it. This novel captures the glory of the “Jazz Age”, and takes place in 1920s America. It deals with themes like decadence, idealism and social change.
6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
“If I had a dog that was as stupid as I am, I would poison it immediately. This virtue takes up more Space inside a person than anything else….”
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a great American novel whose The central theme is the struggle between slavery and freedomThe book, ‘The Greatest Work of Mark Twain’ is also a favorite. Huck, a boy who is uninformed, superstitious and kind-hearted, flees from his drunken, jobless father. Jim, a slave-free black fugitive, joins them on an exciting journey along the Mississippi River. Twain paints unique portraits of people from all walks of life, but he also uses humor and irony to illustrate his points.
Emily Dickinson – Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson, one the most prominent figures in American poetry, was a poet who lived in isolation It was not a good life. Known throughout her life. Dickinson, who wrote approximately 1,800 poems in his lifetime, has an unusual and original style that was very unique for his time. You will, I’m sure. enjoy reading Its superficial, yet deep meanings are hidden between the lines.