Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature

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The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Historical Exploration of Literature. By Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi. Historical Explorations of Literature. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016. Acid free $61.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069763-7).

One of the latest volumes in ABC-CLIO/Greenwood's "Historical Explorations of Literature" series, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era is a useful and interesting introduction to framing key literary works of this time period in their historical context. Each volume in the series presents a discussion of four or five representative works of a historical era, such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Chicano Movement, the Jazz Age, and the Civil War Era. Each era is accompanied by a historical overview, synopsis and historical context for each work, primary source document excerpts, and extensive bibliographies for further reading.

This series is similar in intent to the "Literature in Context" series from Cambridge University Press, but while the latter's volumes focus on placing an individual author within a social, intellectual, and historical framework, "Historical Explorations of Literature" chooses to concentrate on four or five representative works of the time period, demonstrating how each illustrates a key contemporary concern or trend. …

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