The Beer Can by the Highway (Paperback)

Essays on What's American about America

By John A. Kouwenhoven

Johns Hopkins University Press, 9780801836534, 264pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1988

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First published in 1961, The Beer Can by the Highway takes a provocative, wide-ranging look at America's ever-changing physical and intellectual landscapes, from advertising and jazz to Manhattan's skyline and the prairies of the Midwest. The Johns Hopkins edition features a foreword by Ralph Ellison, who praises the work as "one that springs from deep within that rich segment of the American grain which gave us the likes of Emerson and Whitman, Horatio Greenough and Constance Rourke--yes, and Mark Twain."

About the Author

John A. Kouwenhoven (1909-1990) taught English at Barnard College for many years. His books include The Columbia Historical Portrait of New York, Made in America, and Half a Truth Is Better than None.