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if someone has time could you provide me with examples of What literature is consider to be part of the United States current literary canon and why do you think so? I have further questions to answer in regards to literature i just can't think of any or what would be correct as titles and if you can answer why do your self think that literature so i can understand why you are giving me those literature as an example. thanks it will be much appreciated....

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    This is of course a matter of opinion, and I don't consider myself an expert in literary canons. What do you consider "current"? Does the author have to be currently alive or do you mean does the list have to agree with "current" rankings? If you will refer to the book "The Western Canon" by Harold Bloom, and particularly the "Democratic Age", you will see a list in Appendix C that lists the major works of major "canon" authors, arranged by their country of nationality. In the USA list on pp. 545-547, you will find the names of over thirty authors and the works for which they are most famous. Professor Bloom gives the reasons for his selections elsewhere in his book.

    Here are the names of the more famous authors on his list:
    Washington Irving
    William Cullen Bryant
    James fenimore Coioper
    John Greenleaf Whittier
    Herman Melville
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Emily Dickinson
    Walt Whitman
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Ambrose Bierce
    Kate Chopin
    Stephen Crane
    Henry James
    Mark Twain

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. You might also like to visit the following:

    1. http://www.foldedspace.org/weblog/2003/11/the_literary_canon.html

    2. http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/grtbloom.html

    3. http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=3945

    4. http://www.enotes.com/twentieth-century-criticism/revising-literary-canon

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