Great American authors since 1650.

Published by : Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc., (New York:) Physical details: 240 mins. (60 mins each volume; 30 mins each program) Year: 2007
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Explore the rich, literary tradition of American storytelling along with the writers who defined the American experience and spoke out against war, poverty, racism, and alienation. This series unveils the lives and works of more than 60 of America's greatest authors, including Poe, Dickinson, Twain, Alcott, Hemingway, Wolfe, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, and Morrison.

VOLUME ONE PROGRAM 1: 1650-1845 and PROGRAM 2: : 1846 - 1855

VOLUME TWO : PROGRAM 3:1856-1906 and PROGRAM 4:1907-1925

VOLUME THREE: PROGRAM 5:1926-1939 and PROGRAM 6:1940-1949

VOLUME FOUR: PROGRAM 7:1950-1957 and PROGRAM 8:1958-present

Program 1: 1650 - 1845 The awe-inspiring saga of America's greatest authors comes alive in Great American Authors since 1650. As the American colonies moved toward becoming an independent nation, a unique and distinctive voice poured forth from the pens of its authors. Once the nation was founded, America's first literary giants - Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edgar Allan Poe - told stories and wrote poems that could have only come from the heart and soul of this fledgling country. Chapters: 1650 - Anne Bradstreet, America's First Poet 1702 - Cotton Mather Publishes The Ecclesiastical History of New England 1773 - Phillis Wheatley Becomes America's First Black Woman Poet 1819 - Washington Irving Publishes Rip Van Winkle 1826 - James Fenimore Cooper Publishes Last of the Mohicans 1836 - Ralph Waldo Emerson Initiates American Transcendentalism with Nature 1845 - Edgar Allen Poe Publishes The Raven

Program 2: 1846 - 1855 Between the War of 1812 and the Mexican American War that ended in 1848, America experienced an exuberant economic period of growth. And, it was during this time that American authors produced the nation's first great wave of classic literature. In this program, such literary giants as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow make their mark on the American psyche. Chapters: 1849 - Henry David Thoreau Originates America's Proud History of Civil Disobedience 1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne Writes The Scarlet Letter 1851 - Herman Melville's Moby Dick is Published 1852 - Emily Dickinson Publishes First Poem 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe Writes Uncle Tom's Cabin 1855 - Frederick Douglass Publishes My Bondage and My Freedom 1855 - Walt Whitman Publishes Leaves of Grass 1855 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Writes The Song of Hiawatha

Program 3: 1856 - 1906 After the Civil War the modern American novel took shape ... It was led by Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain and Henry James. It was also the time that the American literary voice came from everyone and from everywhere. Chapters: 1868 - Louisa May Alcott Writes Little Women 1878 - Henry James Writes Daisy Miller 1885 - Mark Twain Publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1906 - The Whole Country Speaks 1906 - Upton Sinclair's Novel The Jungle is Published

Program 4: 1907 -1925 During this time frame America lost its innocence. Its writers now began to struggle with the problems that accompanied modernization and industrialization. It was also the beginning of the lost generation of American authors. Chapters: 1913 - Poet William Carlos Williams Publishes His First Book of Poems, The Tempers 1914 - Carl Sandburg Publishes his Poem Chicago 1920 - Edith Wharton Wins a Pulitzer Prize for The Age of Innocence 1922 - The Innovators: e. e. cummings, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Henry Miller 1923 - Robert Frost Publishes Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 1925 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Writes The Great Gatsby

Program 5: 1926 - 1939 This was the most turbulent period in American history. It encompassed the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. It gave rise to America's greatest writers, known collectively as the lost generation. Chapters: 1929 - Thomas Wolfe Writes Look Homeward Angel 1929 - William Faulkner Showcases the South with The Sound and the Fury 1930 - Sinclair Lewis Becomes the First American to Win the Nobel Prize for Literature 1931 - Pearl Buck Writes The Good Earth 1936 - Playwright Eugene O'Neill Wins Nobel Prize for Literature 1939 - Steinbeck Writes The Grapes of Wrat

Program 6: 1940 - 1949 America entered the technological age through the darkness of WWII and its aftermath. American authors were now becoming legends in their own time through mass media and popular culture. Their response was as diverse as the nation's response to living in the nuclear age. Chapters: 1940 - Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls is Published 1941 - James Thurber Writes The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947-1953 - Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov Usher in the Era of Popular Science Fiction 1948 - Tennessee Williams Wins His First Pulitzer Prize for A Street Car named Desire 1949 - Arthur Miller Produces Death of a Salesman

Program 7: 1950 - 1957 If the lost generation authors were searching for identity and meaning, the group of authors in this program rejected everything about mainstream America. Ultimately they would speak to the baby boomer generation. Chapters: 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks Wins the Pulitzer Prize 1951 - Salinger and Plath Set the Stage for the Baby Boomer Generation 1952 - Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin Speak for the American Black Male 1957 - Jack Kerouac Begins the Beat Generation in American Literature 1957 - Dr. Seuss Writes The Cat in the Hat

Program 8: 1958 to Present This generation of writer witnessed and participated in WWII ... Korea ... The Cold War ... The Civil Rights movement ... And Vietnam. These experiences shaped the intellectually, spiritually and emotionally in ways that were translated into their writing. Chapters: 1959 - Lorraine Hansberry's Play A Raisin in the Sun is Produced 1961 - Joseph Heller Writes Catch-22 1966 - Truman Capote Writes In Cold Blood 1969 - Kurt Vonnegut Writes Slaughterhouse Five 1982 - John Updike's Rabbit is Rich Wins Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1989 - Asian American Amy Tan Publishes The Joy Luck Club 1993 - Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and August Wilson Redefine the Black Experience 2007 - Cormac McCarthy Wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Road

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