Discuss the distinctive features of the American novel.
These qualities of the nineteenth century American life, in its complex impact of tradition and environment, moral, religious, philosophical and expansionist purposes are sufficiently reflected in the American novel form, in the writings of at least three major novelists, namely Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, James Fennimoor Cooper, Melville and Hawthorne.
There may be two important concerns for the novelists of the nineteenth century American, in an interrelated manner. The main concern of these writers is to portray the individual’s relationship with his society. If in writers like Cooper and Mark Twain, this many-sided relationship of the individual to his society was