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The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture

T. Austin Graham


In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American authors pioneered a mode of musical writing that quite literally resounded beyond the printed page. Novels gained soundtracks, poetry compelled its audiences to sing, and the ostensibly silent act of reading became anything but. The Great American Songbooks is the story of this literature, at once an overview of musical and authorial practice at the century's turn, an investigation into the sensory dimensions of reading, and a meditation on the effects that the popular arts have had on literary modernism. The writings of John Dos P ... More

Keywords: American/African-American literature, music, modernism, popular culture, twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199862115
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T. Austin Graham, author
Columbia University