xi The Historical Explorations of Literature series is designed to help stu- dents understand key works of literature from different periods, regions, and traditions. It places these works in the context of history, society, and culture through historical essays, literary analysis, chronologies, primary source documents, and suggested readings. Each volume in the series covers four or five canonical works related to a particular area of literature—significant literary productions of the Jazz Age or the Harlem Renaissance, for example. For each book covered, students will find a brief synopsis of the work separate essays on the work’s historical back- ground and the author’s biographical background an essay on “Why We Read This Work,” summarizing the work’s enduring value and signifi- cance and a section of “Historical Explorations,” including a selection of related primary documents. Series Foreword
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