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ENGL 408: Twentieth Century Literature: Suggested Readings

This guide contains resources that may be useful for your literary research

Bibliography for Twentieth Century Literature

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Allen, Walter.  The Modern Novel in England and the United States.  New York:  Dutton, 1964.

Blessington, Francis C., and Guy Rotella, eds.  The Motive for Metaphor:  Essays on Modern Poetry.  Boston:  Northeastern UP, 1983.

Bradbury, Malcolm.  The American Novel and the Nineteen Twenties.  ? :  Taylor & Francis, 1972.

Bradbury.  The Modern American Novel.  New York:  Oxford UP, 1984.

Bradbury.  The Modern British Novel.  New York:  Viking Penguin, 1995.

Bradbury and James MacFarlane, eds.  Modernism 1890-1930.  New York:  Penguin, rev. ed., 1976.

Bradshaw, Graham.  “The Novel in the 1920s.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  The Twentieth Century.  Ed. Martin Dodsworth.  London:  Penguin, 1994.  145-93.

Dodsworth, Martin.  “Poetry in the 1920s.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  The Twentieth Century.  Ed. Dodsworth.  London:  Penguin, 1994.  195-224.

Friedman, Melvin J.  Stream of Consciousness:  A Study in Literary Method.  New Haven:  Yale UP, 1955.

Geismar, Maxwell.  The Last of the Provincials:  The American Novel Between Two Wars.  Boston:  Houghton, Mifflin, 1948.

Graham, Desmond.  “Poetry of the First World War.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  The Twentieth Century.  Ed. Martin Dodsworth.  London:  Penguin, 1994.  109-43.

Hoffman, Frederick.  The 20's:  America Writing in the Postwar Decade.  Rev. ed.  New York:  Free Press, 1965.

Hoffman.  The Modern Novel in America.  Chicago:    ? , 1951.

Hughes,  Glenn.  Imagism and the Imagist:  A Study in Modern Poetry.  Chesire:  Biblo & Tannen Booksellers, 1973.

Hynes, Samuel.  The Auden Generation:  Literature and Politics of England in the 1930's.  Princeton:  Princeton UP, 1982.

Hynes.  The Edwardian Turn of Mind.  Princeton:  Princeton UP, 1968.

Jacobs, Richard.  “The Novel in the 1930s and 1940s.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  The Twentieth Century.  Ed. Martin Dodsworth.  New York:  Penguin, 1994.  225-66.

Langbaum, Robert.  The Modern Spirit:  Essays on the Continuity of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Literature

Leuchtenberg, William E.  The Perils of Prosperity, 1914-1932.  Chicago:  U of Chicago P, 1958.

Lindop, Grevel.  “Poetry in the 1930s and 1940s.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  The Twentieth Century.  Ed. Martin Dodsworth.  London:  Penguin, 1994.  267-314.

Moore, Geoffrey.  “American Poetry and the English Language, 1900-1945.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  American Literature Since 1900.  Ed. Marcus Cunliffe.  London:  Penguin, 1993.  79-109.

Murray, Robert K.  Red Scare:  A Study in National Hysteria, 1919-1920.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Stead, C.K.  The New Poetic:  Yeats to Eliot.  Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964.

Stevenson, David.  The Outbreak of the First World War:  1914 in Perspective.  New York:  St. Martin’s, 1997.

Stevenson, John.  British Society, 1914-1945.  Pelican Social History of Britain.  New York:  Penguin, 1984.

Stevenson, Randall.  Modernist Fiction:  An Introduction.  Lexington:  UP of Kentucky, 1992.

Stevick, Philip.  The American Short Story, 1900-1945.  New York:  Macmillan Library Reference, 1984.

Thurley, Geoffrey.  The Ironic Harvest:  English Poetry in the Twentieth Century.  London:  Edward Arnold, 1974.

Wagner-Martin, Linda.  The Modern American Novel, 1914-1945:  A Critical History.  Boston:  Twayne, 1990.

Welland, Dennis.  “The Language of American Fiction Between the Wars.”  The Penguin History of Literature:  American Literature Since 1900.  Ed. Marcus Cunliffe.  London:  Penguin, 1993.  29-51.

Recommended readings in Wiggins Memorial Library