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Twenty-five Books That Shaped America

How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

About the Book

Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important literary classics that are true national treasures. From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Huckleberry Finn through Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America examines masterpieces of the written word that have greatly influence what we are as a people and a nation.

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Critical Praise

?Foster is a witty, quirkily provocative, and perceptive literary critic.? (Publishers Weekly) —

“Funny, challenging, clear, and always insightful, this intriguing book will make you think again about what it means to be an American.” —Janice A. Radway, author of A Feeling for Books

“Many readers will wish they had a high-school English teacher as cheery and engaged as Foster.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Foster is a witty, quirkily provocative, and perceptive literary critic.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061834400
  • ISBN 10: 0061834408
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/24/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / General
  • BISAC2: LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America by Thomas Foster, Thomas C. Foster

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