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In the American Grain Summary
William Carlos Williams

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Although he is best known as a poet, William Carlos Williams's literary output spanned many genres. He wrote numerous novels, dozens of short stories, an autobiography, and a history book and meditation on the true nature of the American character. In this book, Williams attacks the Puritan legacy that he sees as a crippling influence on America and praises the figures in American history who fully engaged with the people and land of the New World. "The pure products of America go crazy," he wrote in his poem "To Elsie," and his book In the American Grain is an attempt to explain why.

Williams was a member of the literary movement known as modernism. Some of the movement's greatest figures, including T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, bemoaned the state of the modern world and looked to past cultures as their inspiration. America, for these writers, epitomized...

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