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Title: American RealismNovelists

American RealismNovelists
  • Li Wenji, Zhu Defen, Zhou Yujun

The literature of Realism(1865-1918)
  • 1. Reasons civil war, social development. People
    sought to describe the wide range of American
    experience and to present the subtleties of human
    personality, to portray characters who were less
    simply all good or all bad.
  • 2. Realism originated in France. A literary
    doctrine that called for reality and truth in
    the depiction of ordinary life.
  • 3. American realism, different from European
    realism, is more varied and individualistic.

  • 4. Development of American realism first appear
    in the literature of local color, arbiter
    William Dean Howells. He defined realism as
    nothing more and nothing less than the truthful
    treatment of material.
  • 5. Important writers Henry James, Mark Twain.

Literary Characteristics
  • 1. Feminist movement. Emily Dickinson, Harriet
    Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin,
    Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, Willa Cather.
  • 2. Decline of American Romanticism, Walt Whitman,
    Leaves of Grass.
  • 3. Appearance of American realism
  • 4. Appearance of American naturalism.

  • a mode of writing that gives the impression of
    recording or reflecting faithfully an actual way
    of life. The term refers, both to a literary
    method based on detailed accuracy of description
    and to a more general attitude that rejects
    idealization, escapism, and other extravagant
    qualities of romance in favor of recognizing
    soberly the actual problems of life. Realism is
    not a direct or simple reproduction of reality
    but a system of conventions producing a lifelike
    illusion of some real world outside the text, by
    processes of selection, exclusion, description or
    manners of addressing the reader.

William Dean Howells(18371920)
Major Works
  • A Modern Instance (1882)
  • The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885)
  • Indian Summer (1886)
  • A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890)

Some Comments
  • Howells believes that the smiling aspects of
    American life were the most prevalent and the
    most typical, and that American life was such
    that novelists could confine themselves to what
    would not offend the innocence of a young girl,
    and should therefore do so.
  •  He wrote too much, and sometimes for an
    immediate publicmore than thirty novels or
    novelettes, several volumes of short stories, and
    thirty-one dramas.

  • Although Howells, James, and Twain all worked for
    realism, there were obvious differences between
    them. In thematic term, for instance, James wrote
    mostly for the upper reaches of American society,
    and Howells concerned himself chiefly with middle
    class life, whereas Mark Twain dealt largely with
    the lower strata of society.

Samuel Clemens (18351910)
  • 1835 born in Florida, Missouri
  • 1839 family settles in Hannibal, Missouri
  • 1847 father dies Twain leaves school, becomes
    an apprentice to a printer, and works for brother
    Orion's newspaper
  • 1852 several of his sketches were published,
    including "The Dandy Frightening the Squatter.
  • 1953 moves to St. Louis, New York and
  • 1854 He visited Washington, DC in February.
  • 1856 trains as steamboat pilot under Horace
    Bixby and lives experiences recounted in Life on
    the Mississippi

  • 1858 receives steamboat piloting license
  • 1861 fights briefly for Confederates and then
    travels by coach to Carson City and lives
    experiences recounted in Roughing It
  • 1862 works for Virginia City Territorial
  • 1863 adopts the pseudonym Mark Twain
  • 1865 "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras
    County" gives him national recognition
  • 1869 travels to Europe and the Holy Land and
    lives experiences recounted in The Innocents

  • 1869 The Innocents Abroad
  • 1870 marries Olivia and settles in Hartford,
  • 1872 Roughing It
  • 1894 Paige typesetting machine, in which Twain
    has invested almost 250,000, fails after going
    bankrupt, he goes on a lecturing tour of the
  • 1894 Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • 1894 The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • 1895 daughter Susy dies of meningitis
  • 1895 suffers from bronchitis and rheumatism

  • 1896 Tom Sawyer, Detective
  • 1896 Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • 1897 Following the Equator
  • 1898 finishes paying off debts
  • 1900 "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
  • 1906 What is Man?
  • 1907 Christian Science
  • 1909 Is Shakespeare Dead?
  • 1910 dies

Major Works
  • The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  •  The Innocents Abroad (1869)
  •  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
  •  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  •  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court
  •  The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson (1894)
  •  The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1900)
  •  The Mysterious Stranger (1916)

Interesting anecdotes
  • Once, when he had the chance to invest in Bells
    telephone, he declined. I was the burnt child,
    he said, and I resisted all these temptations.
    In spite of his doubts about the telephone,
    Clemens was the first resident of Hartford to
    have one installed in his home. He was also the
    first American writer to use a telephone in a

  • Just one year before his death, Clemens remarked
    to Albert Bigelow Paine, his foremost biographer,
    I came in with Harleys comet in 1835. It is
    coming again next year, and I expect to go out
    with it. It will be the greatest disappointment
    of my life if I dont go with Halleys comet.

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The story is set in the USA, in the period of
    about 1830/40. This was before the American Civil
    War (1861-65) which was fought (mainly) over the
    issue of slavery.

Introduction and comments
  • Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and
    Nigger Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their
    raft thrillingly through treacherous waters,
    surviving a crash with a steamboat, betrayal by
    rogues, and the final threat from the
  • Informing all this is the presence of the River,
    described in palpable detail by Mark Twain, the
    former steamboat pilot, who transforms it into a
    richly metaphoric entity.

Themes of Huck Finn
  • Conflicts between nature and civilization,
    between freedom and slavery
  • the natural potential for goodness of the human
  • equality between men
  • mens initiation
  • escapism

  • Use of colloquial language
  • No one knew better than Mark Twain the various
    uses of dialogue and the importance of dialogue
    to journalistic writing, yarns, and fiction. Good
    dialogue serves three purposes (1) It can make a
    character real to the reader by reproducing the
    way he talks and by showing through what he says
    the kind of person he is. (2) It can provide
    background information that the reader needs to
    know in order to understand a particular episode.
    And (3) it can advance the action of the story.
  • Robert Penn Warren noted. 'It is a language
    capable of poetry.'

  • IN this book a number of dialects are used, to
    wit the Missouri negro dialect the extremest
    form of the backwoods Southwestern dialect the
    ordinary "Pike County" dialect and four modified
    varieties of this last. The shadings have not
    been done in a haphazard fashion, or by
    guesswork but painstakingly, and with the
    trustworthy guidance and support of personal
    familiarity with these several forms of speech.

Artistic Features
  • First, he possessed utter clarity of style. He
    evolved a style so clear and economical that
    other contemporary styles seemed slightly
    archaic, rusty, and redundant.
  • Second, he had a supreme command of vernacular
    American English. Before him there had been only
    American dialect after him there was an American
    language. American dialect had been used very
    well by some other writers, but in their hands it
    was surrounded and conditioned by a literary
    language that wittingly or unwittingly patronized
    it. Mark Twain removed the surrounding frame.

  • Third, there was Mark Twains humor, which
    resists explanation. In Twains time, humor,
    though it was seen as greatly valuable, remained
    clearly subordinate in the value system of the
    19th century. The function of humor was to
    entertain, but it was not expected to participate
    in the high seriousness that Matthew Arnold and
    his age asked of literature. But Twain liberated
    humor, raising it to high arta liberation that
    parallels his creation of vernacular American
    English. Instead of subduing his humor to
    seriousness, twain invaded the citadels of
    seriousness and freed the humor held captive

Some more comments
  • Ernest Hemingway once said all American
    literature comes from one book Huckleberry Finn.
  •  I believe he wrote that book(Huck Finn) in a
    little hut on a hill on his farm, Anderson said,
    imaginatively. It poured out of him. I fancy
    that at night he came down from his hill stepping
    like a kinga splendid playboy, playing with
    rivers and men, ending on the Mississippi, on the
    broad river that is the great artery flowing out
    of the heart of the land.

Local Color
  • Style of writing marked by the presentation of
    the features and peculiarities of a particular
    locality and its inhabitants. The name is given
    especially to a type of American literature that
    in its most characteristic form made its
    appearance just after the civil war.

  • Set during the California gold rush, Bret Hartes
    The Luck of Roaring Camp(1868), with its use of
    miners dialect and western background, is among
    the early local-color stories. Many authors first
    achieved success with vivid descriptions of their
    own localities Mark Twain described Mississippi
    River life, Sarah Orne Jewett wrote of New
    England, Kate Chopin described the deep south.

Tall Tale
  • Narrative that depicts the extravagantly
    exaggerated wild adventures of North American
    folk heroes. The tall tale is essentially an oral
    form of entertainment the audience appreciates
    the imaginative invention rather than the literal
    meaning of the tales. Associated with the lore of
    the American frontier, tall tales often explain
    the origins of lakes, mountains, and canyons
    they are spun around legendary heroes.

  • One of the few examples of the tall tale not
    native to the United States is found in the
    German collection Baron Munchausens narratives
    of His Marvellous Travels and Compaigns in Russia
    (1785) by the German scholar and adventurer R. E.

Exerpts from Tom Sawyer (chapter xxi, p51)
  • VACATION was approaching. The schoolmaster,
    always severe, grew severer and more exacting
    than ever, for he wanted the school to make a
    good showing on "Examination" day. His rod and
    his ferule were seldom idle now--at least among
    the smaller pupils. Only the biggest boys, and
    young ladies of eighteen and twenty, escaped
    lashing. Mr. Dobbins' lashings were very vigorous
    ones, too for although he carried, under his
    wig, a perfectly bald and shiny head, he had only
    reached middle age, and there was no sign of
    feebleness in his muscle.

  • As the great day approached, all the tyranny that
    was in him came to the surface he seemed to take
    a vindictive pleasure in punishing the least
    shortcomings. The consequence was, that the
    smaller boys spent their days in terror and
    suffering and their nights in plotting revenge.
    They threw away no opportunity to do the master a
    mischief. But he kept ahead all the time. The
    retribution that followed every vengeful success
    was so sweeping and majestic that the boys always
    retired from the field badly worsted. At last
    they conspired together and hit upon a plan that
    promised a dazzling victory.

  • They swore in the sign-painter's boy, told him
    the scheme, and asked his help. He had his own
    reasons for being delighted, for the master
    boarded in his father's family and had given the
    boy ample cause to hate him. The master's wife
    would go on a visit to the country in a few days,
    and there would be nothing to interfere with the
    plan the master always prepared himself for
    great occasions by getting pretty well fuddled,
    and the sign-painter's boy said that when the
    dominie had reached the proper condition on
    Examination Evening he would "manage the thing"
    while he napped in his chair then he would have
    him awakened at the right time and hurried away
    to school.

  • In the fulness of time the interesting occasion
    arrived. At eight in the evening the schoolhouse
    was brilliantly lighted, and adorned with wreaths
    and festoons of foliage and flowers. The master
    sat throned in his great chair upon a raised
    platform, with his blackboard behind him. He was
    looking tolerably mellow. Three rows of benches
    on each side and six rows in front of him were
    occupied by the dignitaries of the town and by
    the parents of the pupils.

  • To his left, back of the rows of citizens, was a
    spacious temporary platform upon which were
    seated the scholars who were to take part in the
    exercises of the evening rows of small boys,
    washed and dressed to an intolerable state of
    discomfort rows of gawky big boys
    snowbanks(?????) of girls and young ladies clad
    in lawn and muslin and conspicuously conscious of
    their bare arms, their grandmothers' ancient
    trinkets, their bits of pink and blue ribbon and
    the flowers in their hair. All the rest of the
    house was filled with non-participating scholars.

  • The exercises began. A very little boy stood up
    and sheepishly recited, "You'd scarce expect one
    of my age to speak in public on the stage,"
    etc.--accompanying himself with the painfully
    exact and spasmodic gestures which a machine
    might have used--supposing the machine to be a
    trifle out of order. But he got through safely,
    though cruelly scared, and got a fine round of
    applause when he made his manufactured bow and

  • Tom Sawyer stepped forward with conceited
    confidence and soared into the unquenchable and
    indestructible "Give me liberty or give me death"
    speech, with fine fury and frantic gesticulation,
    and broke down in the middle of it. A ghastly
    stage-fright seized him, his legs quaked under
    him and he was like to choke. True, he had the
    manifest sympathy of the house but he had the
    house's silence, too, which was even worse than
    its sympathy. The master frowned, and this
    completed the disaster. Tom struggled awhile and
    then retired, utterly defeated. There was a weak
    attempt at applause, but it died early

  • Now the master, mellow almost to the verge of
    geniality, put his chair aside, turned his back
    to the audience, and began to draw a map of
    America on the blackboard, to exercise the
    geography class upon. But he made a sad business
    of it with his unsteady hand, and a smothered
    titter rippled over the house. He knew what the
    matter was, and set himself to right it. He
    sponged out lines and remade them but he only
    distorted them more than ever, and the tittering
    was more pronounced.

  • He threw his entire attention upon his work, now,
    as if determined not to be put down by the mirth.
    He felt that all eyes were fastened upon him he
    imagined he was succeeding, and yet the tittering
    continued it even manifestly increased. And well
    it might. There was a garret above, pierced with
    a scuttle over his head and down through this
    scuttle came a cat, suspended around the haunches
    by a string she had a rag tied about her head
    and jaws to keep her from mewing as she slowly
    descended she curved upward and clawed at the
    string, she swung downward and clawed at the
    intangible air.

  • The tittering rose higher and higher--the cat was
    within six inches of the absorbed teacher's
    head--down, down, a little lower, and she grabbed
    his wig with her desperate claws, clung to it,
    and was snatched up into the garret in an instant
    with her trophy still in her possession! And how
    the light did blaze abroad from the master's bald
    pate--for the sign-painter's boy had GILDED it!
  • That broke up the meeting. The boys were avenged.
    Vacation had come.

Henry James (18431916)
Major Works
  • The American (1877)
  • Daisy Miller (1879)
  • The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
  • The Turn of the Screw (1898)
  • The Wing of the Dove (1902)
  • The Ambassadors (1903)
  • The Golden Bowl (1904)
  • The Art of Fiction (1884)

International theme
  • During his lifetime his fame rested largely upon
    his handling of his major fictional theme, the
    international theme the meeting of America and
    Europe, American innocence in contact and
    contrast with European decadence, and its moral
    and psychological complications. For the American
    it was a process of progression from inexperience
    to experience, from innocence to knowledge and

Style and Subject Matter
  • Refined, subtle, intricate, later obscure,
    costive, with long and complex sentences.
    detailed psychological depiction capable of
    reproducing every nuances of the fine moral
    intelligence or expressing the subtlest meanings.
    Single point of view, scenic progression.
  • He describes upper-class unmarried women involved
    in various courtship rituals and marriage rites
    with upper-class men at the private level, and
    records the social splits that separate males
    from females in the nations public life.

Theory on Fiction, The Art of Fiction 1884
  • Novelan art form of penetrating analysis of
    individual, confronting society, chronicles of
    the psychological perceptions that James himself
    defined as the highest form of experience. The
    only obligation to which in advance we may hold a
    novel is that it be interesting. A novel, in its
    broadest definition, is a personal, direct
    impression of life that, to begin with,
    constitutes its value, which is greater or less
    according to the intensity of the impression. But
    here will be no intensity at all, and therefore
    no value, unless there is freedom to feel and
    say. The reason for the existence of novel is
    that it tries to show life. the artistic field
    should include all life, all emotions, all
    experiences, all interpretation. Reality is the
    biggest merit of novel.

On Novelist
  • Novelists should have absolute freedom in
    creating. They must be good at experiencing life.
    They must predict the unknown future from the
    known reality. They must acquire a certain
    knowledge of the flexibility of novel. He points
    out that contents must be in harmony with form
    and compared their close relationship to that
    thread and needle.
  • Novelist and world. He also advocates insight and
    depiction of mens inner world and advised
    writers to catch the complexity of psychological
    activities, arguing its not enough to describe
    the outside details. There is one point at which
    the moral sense and the artistic sense lie very
    near together

The Portrait of a Lady
  • Previewing questions
  • 1. Why did Isabel choose Osmond?
  • 2. Why did she decide to return to her unhappy
    marriage at the end of the novel?
  • 3. Isabels characters.
  • 4. How did James show the conflicts between
    American and European cultures?
  • 5. Features in style.
  • 6. Meaning of the title.
  • 7. Themes of the novel.

  • The novel is about how an American girl lose her
    naivety gradually, influenced by sophisticated
    European life. It is a rich and subtle study of
    what it would mean for a woman to practice the
    absolute self-determination, based on a
    completely individual nonconformist personal
    judgment, which Emerson had preached. This
    exploration of transcendental individualism as a
    guide to life may be compared with Melvilles
    exploration of the same idea in his creation of
    captain Ahab. There Melville examined the effect
    such conduct might have when adopted by a
    powerful and ruthless man. James,is much more
    concerned with the effect such an attitude may
    have on his heroine herself. Isabel Archers
    impact on the world around her is comparatively
    unimportant but the result in her own life is as
    devastating as Ahabs, though not as violent, or
    perhaps, as final.

  • Madame Merle, Gilbert Osmand are James
    personification of aspects of evil. This
    belatedness of Evil, this understanding of it as
    a matter of texts and letters, ultimately became
    James great contribution to the imagination of
    evil. It leads James to the strategy of
    reasserting its importance by questioning it,
    challenging it actively, not asserting flatly its
    existence but making it a competitor in a world
    acknowledged to be skeptical of it.

  • The work is based on Miltons epic Paradise
    Lost. This is a novel of the fortunate fall.
    Just like in Miltons poem, everything is pointed
    toward a defining of freedom. The novel certainly
    concerns the unexpectedly far-reaching
    consequences of a characters inadequacies of
    perception. But here we have a full development
    of necessity and freedom, circumstances and free
    will, in which each, bewilderingly, may take on
    the appearance of the other. And here alone,
    until James very last works will this freedom be
    achieved, precisely because a character will
    learn the deep comprehension of necessity.

O. Henry(William Sydney Porter) (1862-1910)
I. Biography
  • O. Henry   (1862 - 1910)
  • Born  September 11, 1862Greensboro, North
    Carolina, United States Died  June 5, 1910New
    York City, New York, United States
  • Famous quotations by O Henry
  • Turn up the lights - I don't want to go home in
    the dark.
  • Write what you like there is no other rule.
  • Life is sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles
  • If man knew how women pass the time when they are
    alone, they'd never marry.

O.Henrys Childhood
  • When William was three, his mother died of
    pneumonia. Then he, his father and brothers moved
    to live with his grandmother who raised the
    children and undertook their education. William
    was an avid reader, but at the age of fifteen he
    left school and then worked in a drug store and
    on a Texas ranch. For extra money William worked
    as a pharmacist at his uncle's drugstore. In 1881
    O. Henry got his pharmacist's license. 

In 1887 he married Athol Estes Roach. They had
one daughter. Became a bank teller.
  • Just before her death, wife Athol Estes Roach
    posed with William Sydney Porter and daughter

In 1894 he bought a comic magazine and changed it
into a short story magazine called The Rolling
Stone. Began heavy drinking.
  • Preserved copy of The Rolling Stone,exhibited in
    restored O. Henry House on Dolorosa St.

  • In 1894, cash was found to have gone missing from
    the First National Bank in Austin, where Porter
    had worked as a bank teller. When he was called
    back to Austin to stand trial, Porter fled to
    Honduras. Little is known about Porter's stay in
    Central America. It is said that he met one Al
    Jennings and rambled in South America and Mexico
    on the proceeds of Jennings' robbery. After
    hearing news that his wife was dying, he returned
    in 1897 to Austin.

  • Being locked up for embezzlement freed him to
    write, launching William Sydney Porter on a
    brilliant but boozy career as O. Henry
  • In 1897 O.Henry was convicted of embezzling
    money, although there has been much debate over
    his actual guilt. He entered a penitentiary in
    1898 at Columbus, Ohio, where worked night shifts
    at the jail pharmacy and started to send in short
    stories to magazines.

How he acquired the pseudonym?
  • After doing three years of the five year
    sentence, Porter emerged from the prison in 1901
    and changed his name to O. Henry. According to
    some sources, he acquired the pseudonym from a
    warder called Orrin Henry. It also could be an
    abbreviation of the name of a French pharmacist,
    Eteinne-Ossian Henry, found in the U.S.
    Dispensatory(??), a reference work Porter used
    when he was in the prison pharmacy.

His last years were shadowed by alcoholism, ill
health, and financial problems.
  • He was a fast writer, like the Russian Anton
    Checkhov (1860-1904), but drinking on average two
    quarts of whiskey daily did not improve the
    quality of his work. In 1907 O. Henry married
    Sara Lindsay Coleman, also born in Greensboro.
    The marriage was not happy, and they separated a
    year later. O. Henry died of cirrhosis of the
    liver(???) on June 5, 1910, in New York. He was
    found dead in the Caledonia Hotel with many empty
    liquor bottles stashed under his bed and he was
    only 47 years old at the time.

There are many things that O. Henry tried to keep
a secret while he was alive, such as his health
  • He had diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and was a
    heavy drinker. Also, while William Sydney Porter
    was in jail he changed his pen name several times
    before settling on O. Henry. That was probably so
    that nobody would know that he had been in jail. 
    But his past history never stopped him from
    writing some of the greatest short stories of all
    times, remembered for their suspense and unusual

  • In 1918 the O. Henry Memorial Awards were
    established to be given annually to the best
    magazine stories, with the winners and leading
    contenders to be published in an annual volume.
  • O. Henry Museum
  • Museum Hours1200 noon - 500 p.m. Wednesday -
    SundayClosed Monday and Tuesday409 East Fifth
    StreetAustin, Texas 78701(512)472-1903

II. Professional Life
  • O. Henry is one of the most popular and widely
    known American short story writers of the
    twentieth century.  He is best known for his
    typically brief stories, conversational openings,
    plots hinging on improbable coincidence, and
    variations on the surprise ending.

  • Although by profession O. Henry was a pharmacist
    and bank teller, he began writing even as he held
    these jobs. Even when he was in jail, he
    continued writing and submitting stories to
    various magazines. His first work, Whistling
    Dick's Christmas Stocking (1899), appeared in
    McClure's Magazine. The stories of adventure in
    the U.S. Southwest and in Central America gained
    an immediately success among readers.

  • When out of jail, O. Henry moved to New York City
    to start writing full- time for Ainslee's
    Magazine in 1902. He began publishing stories in
    many periodicals under variations of his own
    name.  He quickly gained fame under the name O.
    Henry. He then signed a contract with The New
    York Sunday World and wrote weekly short
    stories.  Writing for the World, which had a
    large circulation, he increased his popularity. 
    Many other magazines were very interested in
    publishing his works.

He was said to live in hotels for inspiration.
  • He lived in many hotels including the Chelsea
    Hotel, the Marty and the Caledonia. He was said
    to live in hotels for inspiration. Henry would
    love to sit in restaurants and bars for hours and
    just watch the people. The people gave him ideas
    for stories, which were mainly about life in the
    city. He would observe their situations and then
    write various fictional stories about them. He
    would also give out money to panhandlers and
    prostitutes, explaining that they gave him ideas
    for stories.

The Chelsea Hotel, one of the many hotels in
which O. Henry lived in New York City.
  • The year of 1904 was the busiest and most
    productive year of O. Henry's writing life.  He
    assembled all of his short stories into a book
    named Cabbages and Kings. Two years later he
    collected another group of stories under the name
    The Four Million, including his well-known
    stories The Gift of the Magi and The Furnished

O. Henry's stories are often divided into five
groups according to their setting
  • the American South ("The Third Ingredient"), the
    West ("The Moment of Victory"), Central America,
    prison and New York City ("Gift of the Magi").
  • The most well-known stories written by O. Henry
    often took place in New York City.  O. Henry
    wrote a total of one-hundred and forty stories
    about the early twentieth-century city life.  His
    complete works comprise two hundred and
    seventy-seven stories.

After O. Henry's death his work was criticized by
  • A book critic, Katharine Fulerton Gerould,
    believed his stories to be, "Perniciouswhile
    other critics noted how quickly O. Henry stories
    seemed to date, and his trademark surprise
    endings were called overly sentimental and
    predictable" . Most people still believe his
    stories to be interesting and enjoyable to read. 
    O. Henry deeply influenced much of the short
    story writing for half of the twentieth century.

III. O. Henry's Famous Works
  • Cabbages and Kings (1904)?????
  • The Four Million (1906) ???
  • The Gift of the Magi ?????
  • The Cop and the Anthem ??????
  • A Service of Love ????
  • Mammon and the Archer ?????
  • An Unfinished Story ??????
  • The Furnished Room ???????
  • The Romance of a Busy Broker ?????????

  • The Trimmed Lamp (1907) ?????The Last Leaf
    (1907) ???????
  • The Gentle Grafter (1908) ?????Conscience in
    Art ????
  • The Ransom of the Red Chief ??????
  • Sixes and Sevens (1911) ????
  • Rolling Stones (1912) ??

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American Naturalism pessimistic realism
  • 1. Naturalism came from France.
  • 2. Reasons civil war, social upheavals,
    Darwinism, hypothesized that over the millennia,
    man had evolved from lower forms of life. Human
    were special, not because God had created them in
    His image, as the Bible taught, but because they
    had successfully adapted to changing
    environmental conditions and had passed on their
    survival making characteristic genetically. Men
    were dominated by the irresistible forces of
    evolution. Men were conceived as more or less
    complex combination of inherited attributes and
    habits conditioned by social and economic forces,
    by heredity and environment.

  • 3. Features of naturalist writing A. naturalist
    writers turned literary creation into a
    mechanical record of society, in a way of
    attempting to achieve extreme objectivity and
    frankness. They never made comments on the
    characters and their behaviors. B. The characters
    were often figures of low social and economic
    classes, with animal desire, some physically
    strong but weak-willed figures. There were also
    some healthy and lofty persons, but their ending
    were miserable. C. the viewpoint from which the
    writers understood problems was amoral, or
    non-moral. They stressed men had no free will,
    their lives were controlled by heredity and
    environment. D. their material was infinite.

  • 4. American Naturalist writers Stephen Crane,
    Frank Norris, Jack London, Henry Adams, Theodore

  • A more deliberate kind of realism in novels,
    stories, and plays, usually involving a view of
    human beings as passive victims of natural forces
    and social environmentthe most significant work
    of naturalism in English being Dreisers Sister
    Carrie. (Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms)

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Londons Childhood
  • Born in 1876 on the Barbary Coast of San
  • Raised by mother, Flora Wellman, and stepfather,
    John London
  • Childhood marked by poverty unhappiness

London at age 8 with dog Rollo
London as a school boy
  • Became an avid reader at age 10 when an Oakland
    librarian encouraged him to escape his life of
    poverty through reading.
  • Bought his first sailboat at age 12loved to sail

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  • Dropped out of school at age 14 had series of
    low-paying jobs
  • Seaman delivered paperssweatshop worked
    in canneryfreight train hobo cleaned local
  • Loved to listen to stories about the California
    Gold Rush of 1849

Forming Ideas/Attitudes
  • Experiences that shaped Londons life and
  • -oyster pirate -seal hunter in the
    North Pacific -1894arrested jailed in
    Niagara Falls for vagrancy -adopted
    socialistic views
  • Educated self by reading in public library
  • Attended University of California at Berkeley
  • Left school after 1 year to seek his fortune in
    gold fields

  • Traveled to Klondike Gold Rush in 1897
  • Spent one winter at Split-Up Island, near the
    Stewart River
  • Did not find gold had a wealth of experiences he
    would later use to write stories and books
  • Returned home to support himself and his family
    by publishing his writin

Jack London outfitted to travel to the gold
fields of the Klondike Gold Rush Photo actually
taken in at Truckee, CA.
Adult Life
  • An avid sailorloved his boat, the Snark

Aboard the Snark with friends
Married twicetwo daughters
  • Bess MaddernLondons first wife
  • Becky and Joan LondonLondons daughters

Charmian London Jack Londons second wife
London owned and loved a ranch in Sonoma Valley
Next to my wife, the ranch is the dearest
thing in the world to me.
Jack London
The Londons at home
I believe the soil is our greatest asset.
Jack London
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I hope to do two things with the ranchTo leave
the land better for my having beenTo enable 30
or 40 families to live happily on the ground that
was so impoverished when I bought it.
  • ..he was mighty good to us, and there never was
    a man who came here who went away hungry.
  • Ranch workman

Londonthe Author
  • Began avidly writing in 1897
  • He commonly spent 15 hours a day writing
  • Daily quota of 1000 written words a day
  • Became recognized as a talented successful

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Jack London wrote 50 books and 1,000 articles
between 1899 and 1916.
The greatest story London ever told was the
story he lived. Alfred
Kazin Literary critic
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By 1916, London was the highest-paid writer in
the country and the most widely read American
author in the world.
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His literary works like The Road, written in
1907, inspired later writers like John Steinbeck
and Jack Kerouac.
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The Londons several weeks prior to his death
  • Jack London died on November 22, 1916.
  • A memorial for he and his second wife, Charmian
    Kittredge, is located at Glen Ellen.

One of the reasons Jack Londons popularity as
an author remainsso high in the world today is
because his life was as interesting as his
Jack London's "Credo"I would rather be ashes
than dust! I would rather that my spark should
burn out     in a brilliant blaze than it should
be stifled by dry-rot.The function of man is to
live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days
trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
What others thought of Jack London
No writer, unless it were Mark Twain, ever had a
more romantic life than Jack London. Ernest J.
The story of his adventure-filled life still
intrigues readers of all ages and from all walks
of life. Russ Kingman
London was described as a born teller of tales
who wrote as he livedin a hurry.
Howard Lachtman
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Title The Call of the WildGenre Realistic
FictionSetting Late 1800s, Klondike
gold rush
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Call of the Wild--Comments
In his story the Klondike became not only a
real country, but a territory of the mind where
his characters lived or died because of what they
had in them.
(Lachtman, 1984)
He was paid three cents per word for the story,
which he had shortened by 5,000 words.
London received a total of 2,750.00 for his
The book has never been out of print during the
last seventy-five years
The Call of the Wild is the greatest dog story
ever written and is at the same time a study of
one of the most curious and profound motives that
play hide-and-seek in the human soul.
Carl Sandburg
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From the time The Call of the Wild caught the
imagination of the world in 1903, until his death
by a stroke and heart attack in 1916,
his 51 books, hundreds of short stories, essays
and other writings had more newspaper coverage
than any other writer.
I have everything to make me glad I am alive. I
am filled with dreams and mysteries.
Jack London
Overall, he wrote 19 novels, 150 short stories, 3
plays, and many nonfictions. He even tried to
write poems.Selected works
  • Novels
  • The Call of the Wild(1903)
  • The Sea Wolf (1904)
  • White Fang(1906)
  • The Iron Heel(1908)
  • Martin Eden(1909)
  • The Star Rover(1915)
  • Nonfiction
  • The People of The Abyss(1903)
  • War of the Classes(1905)
  • The Road(1907)
  • John Barleyborn(1913)

  • The Sea Wolf
  • Humphrey Van Weyden Ghost the ship
    Wolf Larsen
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  • (Irving Stone)
  • I believe that life is a mess. It is like yeast,
    a ferment, a thing that moves and may move for a
    minute, an hourbut that in the end will cease to
    move. The big eat the little that they may
    continue to move, the strong eat the weak that
    they may retain their strength. ( The Sea Wolf )

  • Martin Eden ( Londons most autobiography novel)
  • Ruth Morse
  • Perhaps Nietzsche had been right. Perhaps there
    was no truth in anything, not truth is truth no
    such thing as truth.
  • ( Martin Eden)
  • Being unaware of the needs of others, of the
    whole human collective, Martin Eden lived only
    for himself, fought only for himself, and if you
    please, died for himself.
  • (Jack London)

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Theodore Dreiser (18711945)
  • Sister Carrie (1900)
  • An American Tragedy (1925)

Stephen Crane (18711900)
  • Maggie A Girl of the Street (1893)
  • The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
  • The Open Boat
  • The Blue Hotel

Theodore Dreiser (18711945)
  • Sister Carrie (1900)
  • An American Tragedy (1925)

Stephen Crane (18711900)
  • Maggie A Girl of the Street (1893)
  • The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
  • The Open Boat
  • The Blue Hotel

Sarah Orne Jewett (18491909)
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)

Kate Chopin (18511904)
  • The Awakening (1899)

Ambrose Bierce (18421914)
  • Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1891)
  • The Devils Dictionary
  • In June 1913, he had written to a friend Ive
    seen the lastmy lastof California and of you.
    Pretty soon I am going awayO very far away. I
    have in mind a little valley in the heart of the
    Andes, just wide enough for one

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Henry Adams (18381918)
  • The Education of Henry Adams (1907)

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