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American Literature (Barron's Ez-101 Study Keys) Paperback – May 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's Ez-101 Study Keys
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812046943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812046946
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each key is an introduction to the author with examples of the author's works.
A. Miller
It wasn't particularly useful given its lack of substance, but more importantly, I noticed multiple errors (incorrect plot summaries, wrong dates, etc.).
test taker
He studied here and there (using this book and the CLEP practice test online) for about 3 weeks and passed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By test taker on November 11, 2008
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I bought this book to assist in my studying for the English Lit GRE. It wasn't particularly useful given its lack of substance, but more importantly, I noticed multiple errors (incorrect plot summaries, wrong dates, etc.). Stick with Norton.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aniella on August 25, 2009
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I took the American Literature CLEP test, and this little book had everything I needed to get a good score on the test. It's definitely worth it to get it - it's a quick read, without fluff - just straight to the facts. If you are looking for a compact guide to American Literature - this book will do it for you wonderfully!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on October 17, 2005
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This make a great handbook or reference book for home educators. It is written with the authors in Historical/Literary Time periods in chronological order. Each key is an introduction to the author with examples of the author's works. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TrueGrit91 on August 3, 2011
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When I decided that I would take the American Literature CLEP exam, I chose this book to study with. I had had some previous success with Barron's on the English Literature exam, so I knew that it would provide me with a solid foundation. What I didn't expect was the score I got on my American Lit exam---70 out of 80 points (the equivalent of a solid A or a score in the mid-range of the 90's in a standard grading system).

This book covers all the major (and quite a few minor) authors and poets and goes over their works and themes in a very concentrated format--no fluff writing here. One word of warning/advice:
The CLEP does ask some detailed questions about some of the works that can only be answered if you have read the works themselves. Can you pass the CLEP without having read the works? Yes. If you want a high score though, you really should have a working knowledge of some of the great works (like Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn, The Great Gatsby, etc).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By francophile on January 21, 2014
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I have this and the English Literature study guides. The English one is excellent, includes historical context and titles and overviews of major works of all "important" authors. The American guide is not as thorough even though the time periods it has to cover is about 1/3 the amount. Example: Jonathan Edwards: It says he is a theologian and philosopher, but does not mention his role in The Great Awakening, and doesn't mention Sinners in th Hands of an Angry God. There is one entry for Phillis Wheatley, but no other mention of other slave narratives or even a list of names/ works of others. I could go on. But you should not - don't rely on this book. It seems more like an outline that I will have to fill in rather than a study guide that stands alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Stokes on September 11, 2010
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Unfortunately, the explanation for what this book includes in the description is an exaggeration. The entry for each author is very, very basic. It would be a good book if you are looking for a general overview of each time period and a quick synopsis of each author's main themes. Also, it's missing some of the major American authors (particularly the women).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean on May 25, 2009
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As an English professor, I am always curious about the accuracy and comprehensiveness of such products. I have to say that I really like this one. It is very clearly laid out and all authors and literary movements are put into their proper contexts. It is not for deep study of course (as some authors are not represented and some works of the authors present that are of significance are missing), but if you want a quick, general overview, this is the study notes guide for you. I liked it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie on December 18, 2007
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I am a grad student who bought this text to get some help with studying for a major exam. Even thought it was helpful with the "big picture", the book is lacking in the more specific details that a more seasoned scholar might need. I recommend this book for undergrads or someone who is looking to return to college, but not for more advanced scholarly research.
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