Streetcar named Desire and Gift of the Magi are examples of how art imitates life. In Streetcar you have the New Orleans Jazz element, the destitute family, and the reckless Southern Belle (Blanche) with not a clue at what she has been up to all the time throughout the play except the end. In Gift of the Magi, you have the quintessential newlyweds with no money in New York.
The previous post was very accurate: Art imitates life and these stories are a symptom of time. So most works of Lit will definitely be a product of time.
Shakespeare's sonnets and plays depict the old Britain, yet, the topics infused within were a symptom of Elizabethan (his own modern) England.
Ezra Poud Keats- A white man- was able to reconstruct and retell stories of African American boys in New York in the 196o's
Charles Dickens reconstructed history in Great Expectations and built his knowledge upon the works of generations of historians and family friends who belonged to such communities.
Lord Byron wrote the Childe Harrold's Progress based on the Algerian community.
Again, it was quite accurate for the previous post to say how art is supposed to reflect the community. I hope you can use our info and our examples.