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Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel

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From the acclaimed cultural historian Philip F. Gura comes Truth's Ragged Edge, a comprehensive and original history of the American novel's first century. Grounded in Gura's extensive consideration of the diverse range of important early novels, not just those that remain widely read today, this book recovers many long-neglected but influential writers—such as the escaped ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 9th 2013)
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Christopher Gonzalez
I give Gura's book three stars, but I do so with a huge caveat. His book is aimed at an audience who knows precious little about early America in terms of her history, her literature, or her authors. I say this because Gura spends so much time engaging in basic summary, be that author biography or plot recap. And yet, because Gura seems to have an uninitiated reader in his sights, this book would be excellent for undergraduate and graduate students of early American literature, as well as the sc ...more
Elin
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
book from first reads.

a sweeping study. i like the thesis.
Lizabeth Tucker
A detailed look at the rise and development of the American novel from 1789 through the 1870s. This book explores the input that religion had on the art, including those writers usually ignored, women and persons of color. From the early novels that sought to teach life lessons to a gradual widening of the religious beliefs and mores of the time, we see how the freedoms of the country began to affect the literature of the day.

This was a book received from Goodreads giveaways and I couldn't be ha
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Ruth Feathers
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating.
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