Bryn’s Literature Review

By Bryn Sandine

When I decided to write an article about classic literature, I knew I would need some help. I came to Mrs. Suth, the eighth grade English teacher, for her helpful insight. We had a very interesting conversation about classic American literature.

Let’s begin with a definition of what constitutes classic American literature. My definition includes a book, story, poem or piece of writing that many people have heard about and have affected the shaping of our country. Books such as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and The Raven. These were hard hitting works that had very culturally sensitive ideas, like slavery in Huckleberry Finn.

Mrs. Suth says that if you are a middle-school student interested in reading any work in this genre you should consider trying Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, or books written by Jack London, Edgar Allen Poe, or poems by E.E. Cummings and Robert Frost. If you’re in high school, she recommends reading Steven Crane, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, or poetry by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, or F. Scott Fitzgerald.