American voices


1823 The Pioneers, the first of James Fenimore Cooper’s saga the “Leatherstocking Tales,” offers conflicting views of life on the frontier in one of the first original American novels.

1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe creates multiple vernacular voices in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a sentimental story that inflames the antislavery debate.


1896 In The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett paints a vivid picture of life in an isolated fishing village on the coast of Maine.

1939 John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath mixes local color with social injustice in an epic story of a family’s journey ...

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