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Published Tuesday, January 28, 20 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman American literature has, from its beginning, explored the country’s great diversity, which makes it difficult to perceive that it is all representative of the same culture. However, the commonalities define what it means to be American. From colonial times to the present, American writers strove to question, to argue, and to define themselves against a varied landscape and rapidly changing world. The writings of the colonists were mainly official documents prepared for the governing officials and for the general enlightenment of Englishmen at home, and as such may be thought to hold greater importance in a historical context than a literary one. Yet the settlers were faced with strange and exciting new adventures which stimulated the imagination and their writings were often poetic, romantic and dramatic. Read More 

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