Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity (Paperback)

How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

By Thomas C. Foster

Harper Paperbacks, 9780061834400, 323pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011

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Description

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.


Praise For Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

“Funny, challenging, clear, and always insightful, this intriguing book will make you think again about what it means to be an American.”
-Janice A. Radway, author of A Feeling for Books

“Many readers will wish they had a high-school English teacher as cheery and engaged as Foster.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Foster is a witty, quirkily provocative, and perceptive literary critic.”
-Publishers Weekly

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