Complete the Timeline of Early 20th Century American Literature by adding ONE literary title (short
story, novel, or poem) and ONE influential event for that literary title for each of the decades listed.
You will also need to explain how the two pieces are connected. You should be able to complete this
as you read through the lesson, filling in events on your timeline, however you may also use outside
sources if you would like.
Timeline of Early 20th Century American Literature
Example: 1905 — O’Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” contains many
Biblical allusions, or references to the Bible. In the 20th century, a writers’ style
and tone were often influenced by the King James Bible.
1900 1901- Booker T. Washington’s autobiography “Up From
Slavery” contains a “realist” approach. Within this time period there
was an uprising of bold philosophies influenced by earlier works of
rebellion and constructs of change
1910 1911- Barrie’s novel, Peter and Wendy was written in a
manner much like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz within the construct of
enduring popularity and relevance.
1920 1922- James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, which was a novel, proved to
be one of the most influential Modernist novels ever written. It was
through the use of imagery; Joyce showed the futility of all English
1930 1936- Margaret Mitchell, “Gone with the Wind” (Novel) was
refreshing within its construction of elaborateness. Within the story
the tone compared to that of the modern day “To Kill a Mockingbird”,
yet the story held a plethora of historical inaccuracies and blatant