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American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s

American Literature from 1600 Through the 1850s

The roots of American literature lie in the 17th century— before there actually was an America. Early texts that originated in North American settlements throughout the 1600s consisted of religious tracts that explored the relationship between church and state, as well as works that could be referred to as “utilitarian,” since they consisted of descriptions of everyday life. These fi rsthand accounts of traders, explorers, and colonists soon gave way to more compelling material, and the canon of American literature began to take shape. This volume traces the progress of the written word in a land that itself was evolving as a nation.

Author: Britannica

Pages: 238

Issue By: Britannica

Published: 2 years ago

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