Masters of American Literature

Masters of American Literature
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The Hawthorne Legacy - The Scarlet Letter
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Hawthorne Legacy completes an overview of Nathaniel Hawthorne's life (1804-1864) and selected works published in nineteenth century American literature. Amongst his many novels, The Scarlet Letter…
The Melville Legacy - Moby Dick
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Melville Legacy explores the life and works of Herman Melville (1819-1891), one of America's most renowned 19th century authors. In his novels, Typee, Omoo, and Moby…
The Twain Legacy - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Twain (1835-1910): The Twain Legacy introduces an overview of Mark Twain's life, times and interpretation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There are extensive references to…

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