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Prose and Poetry of America is a wonderful antique anthology featuring over 1,100 pages of American poetry, authors and literature.

Originally published in 1934, this edition appears to have been printed in 1940. This dark navy blue book has a great Art Deco style across both the cover typography and many of the interior illustrations.

Book covers various periods of American literature: The Colonial Period, The Revolutionary Period, The National Period, The Transition Period, and (a portion of) The Twentieth Century.

Within these periods of American lit, it explores a variety of styles:
- The Short Story
- Biography and Autobiography
- Poetry
- The Essay
- American Literature as Influenced by Journalism and the Magazine
- The Oration
- The Drama
- The Novel

This vintage anthology of literature explores the works of Washington Irving, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, and many more.

The book features some nice black and white Art Deco style illustrations alongside the literature. 1,113 pages total.

This would be a wonderful book for anyone who has an interest in literature and history!

Published by the L.W. Singer Company in Chicago
Edited by H. Ward McGraw A.M.
Illustrated by Guy Brown Wiser

The outside of this book has few light scratch marks, but is in otherwise very nice shape. There doesn't seem to be any color fading on the cover, and the binding is still fairly tight, leading me to believe that it was only read very lightly.


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Prose and Poetry of America c. 1934 | Antique Anthology Book | 1k Pages of American Poetry + Literature | Vintage Illustrations | US History


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