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Further reading

  • Theme: American literature in Europe

This select bibliography lists secondary and critical works of relevance to the study of American literature in general, and the 'transatlantic theme' in particular, available at the British Library. A much wider range of titles can be found by searching the Library's catalogues.

German Arciniegas, America in Europe: A History of the New World in Reverse. Trans. Gabriela Arciniegas and R. Victoria Anegas. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1986.
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Bradbury, Dangerous Pilgrimages: Trans-Atlantic Mythologies and the Novel. London: Secker & Warburg. 1995.

Peter Conrad, Imagining America. London: Routledge. 1980.

Marcus Cunliffe, In Search of America: Transatlantic Essays, 1851-1990. London; New York: Greenwood. 1991.

Leslie Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel. New York: Criterion. 1960.

Hugh Ford, Published in Paris: American and British Writers, Printers, and Publishers in Paris, 1920-1939. New York: Macmillan. 1975.

A.N. Kaul, The American Vision: Actual and Ideal Society in Nineteenth Century Fiction. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. 1963.

Alfred Kazin, On Native Ground: An Interpretation of Modern American Prose Literature. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock. 1942; 1956.

Hugh Kenner, A Home Made World: The American Modernist Writers. London: Boyars. 1975.

R.W.B. Lewis, The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1955.

Jayne E. Marek, Women Editing Modernism: “Little” Magazines and Literary History. Lexington, KT: University Press of Kentucky. 1995.

Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. New York: Oxford University Press. 1964.

Albert Parry, Garrets and Pretenders: A History of Bohemianism in America. New York: Dover. 1933; 1960.

Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. New York: Hill & Wang. 1982.

Steven Watson, Strange Bedfellows: The First American Avant-Garde. London; New York: Abbeville Press. 1991.

Edmund Wilson, Axel’s Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930. New York: Scribner’s. 1931.

Van Wyck Brooks, America’s Coming of Age. New York: Octagon Books. 1915; 1975.
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Larzer Ziff, The American 1890s: The Life and Times of a Lost Generation. London: Chatto & Windus. 1967.