American Literature
at a glance by © Norbert Otto

1. The Colonial Period

2. Early national Period (1775- 1865)
  Authors: James Fenimore Cooper : "The pioneers"
William Cullen Bryant : "To a waterfowl"

3. American Romantic Period (1798 – 1837)(Age of Transcendentalism)
  Poets: :Edgar Allan Poe: "Annabel Lee", "The Raven"

  Prose Authors: Thoreau : "Walden II", "Civil Disobedience"
      Emerson: "Nature"
      Poe: “The fall of the House of Usher”, “The black cat, “The gold bug”, “The purloined letter”, "Ligeia", "The Pit and the Pendulum, "The Tell Tale heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Mystery of Madame Roget", "Berenice", "MS found in a bottle", "Murders in the rue Morgue"
      Melville: "Moby Dick"
      Hawthorne: "Young Goodman Brown","Dr. Heideggers Experiment", "The scarlet letter"

4. Realistic Period (1865- 1914)    
  Poetry: Emily Dickinson:

(Wild Nights, I heard a fly buzz- when I died, The soul selects her own society.)
  Prose Writer: Mark Twain " Huckleberry Finn"
    Henry James " A Portrait of a Lady", "The Turn of the Screw"

5. Naturalistic Period (1900-1914)    
  Prose Writer: Frank Norris "Octopus"
  Jack London " The call of the wild"  
  Theodore Dreiser " Sister Carry"  

6. Modern Literature (1914- 1939)    
  Drama-/Novel- writers: T.S. Eliot "Waste Land", "Murder in the Cathedral", "Cocktail Party", "The rock"
  William Carlos, William "E.E. Cummings"  

7. Postmodern Literature (1945- )    
       
  Novel-writers: Vonnegut, Kurt "Slaughterhouse five"
  Nabokov, Vladimir " Lolita"  
  Kessy, Ken "One Flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest"  
  Mailer, Norman "The Naked and the Dead"

 
  Drama-writers: Arthur Miller "All my sons"(1947) "Death of a Salesman"(1949) , "The Crucible"(1953),
"A view from the bridge", "After the fall"(1964), "Incident at Vichy"(1964),
"The price"(1968), "The American Clock"(1980)
  Edward Albee "The American Dream" ->Allegory in Edward Albee's "THE AMERICAN DREAM"
"Who´s afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
    Tennessie Williams "A streetcar named desire"
"Cat of a hot tin roof"
"The glass menagerie"