Twenty-five Books That Shaped America by Thomas C. Foster
How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

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Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important literary classics that are true national treasures. From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Huckleberry Finn through Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America examines masterpieces of the written word that have greatly influence what we are as a people and a nation.
 

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Thomas C. Foster studied English at Dartmouth College and then Michigan State University. He has been a professor of literature and writing since 1975, the last twenty-one years at the University of Michigan-Flint. In that time, he's learned more about literature from his students than in all the classes he's taken over the years. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Read Novels Like a Professor and How to Read Literature Like a Professor. You can visit him online at www.thomascfoster.com.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 355 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Foster doesn’t mean to simplify these texts: In the better essays, he reveals Melville’s complicated moral territory and the politics that pushed John Dos Passos’ epic U.S.A.

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You've got to hand it to Thomas C. Foster — he has managed to do something that more than ...

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Foster explains that he is not trying to elect the 25 best American books, the 25 most important American books, not the 25 most influential American books.

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Foster explains that he is not trying to elect the 25 best American books, the 25 most important American books, not the 25 most influential American books.

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