When American Fiction 1851-1875 was first published in 1947, it was acclaimed by lbirarians, scholars and book collectors as an indispensable reference tool. This comprehensive guide to a significant quarter century of American fiction is here reissued with a 24-page section of additions and corrections appended.
American thought and feeling are reflected graphically in the fiction of this period. Authors deal with momentous issues: slavery and the Civil War, westward migration, women's rights, religious controversy, and social refrm headed by the temperance movement. These are the formative ears of realism in American fiction with such exponents as William Dean Howells, Edward Eggleston and many little known-authors. Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Aldrich and Henry James, who were destined to achieve a permanent place in American literature saw their first books published. The bibliography, together with the additions contains nearly 3,000 entries of prose fiction written by Americans for adults and published in the United States.
This hardback edition is in "good condition"; there is some foxing to the edges of pages.