Albin Beqiri


The aim of this paper is to give a brief history of American literature, going through the four centuries (in chronological order) of the US' existence, and the books which defined them. The criteria upon the selection of the books that will be analyzed in this paper varies, with it being either because of their historical or literary importance. We will be starting the presentation with what is considered as the first ever American novel, The Power of Sympathy written in the 18th century, before moving forward with other books which are considered literary masterpieces, and eventually finishing up with Infinite Jest which will highlight how American literature has changed (and maybe evolved) during this time.

Keywords: American literature, eras, books, novel, masterpieces.  

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