Literary Precedents for American Dreams

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Many biographies of famous people like Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Pancho Villa, and histories about the invention of automobiles, car racing, airplanes, and silent films are on shelves in libraries. Examples include The Silent Clowns by Walter Kerr (1975), Cock of the Walk: The Legend of Pancho Villa by Haldeen Braddy (1955), and others.

On television, viewers can watch restorations of silent films on Turner Classics.

A different perspective of German involvement in World War I is Eric Maria Remarque's poignant novel, All Quiet on the Western Front (1928). The narrator is nineteen-year-old Paul Baumert, who is conscripted into the German army with his schoolmates. Remarque's novel about the senseless horrors of war and the effects of British bombardment on these youths at the front, followed by "carbolic, gangrene, and death," provide contrast to Paul Crown's picture of German power and atrocity. All Quiet on the Western Front was banned in...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
American Dreams from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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