'... this is, without doubt and without any serious rival, the scholarly history for our generation.' Journal of American Studies
'... vast and eminently readable survey of twentieth century American literature ...'. Use of English
Volume VII of the History examines a broad range of American literature of the past half-century, revealing complex relations to changes in society. Christopher Bigsby discusses American dramatists from Tennessee Williams to August Wilson. Morris Dickstein describes the condition of rebellion in fiction from 1940 to 1970. John Burt discusses the writers of the American South. Wendy Steiner examines the postmodern fictions since 1970. Finally, Cyrus Patell highlights the voices of Native American, Asian American, Chicano, gay and lesbian writers.