Benardete, Jane. American Realism. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1972, 414 p.
Provides introductions to literary selections from eight major figures of realism and naturalism (Whitman, Howells, Twain, James, Garland, Norris, Dreiser, and Steinbeck).
Borus, Daniel H. Writing Realism: Howells, James, and Norris in the Mass Market. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1989, 259 p.
Explores the production of realist literature as a commodity subject to the demands of the marketplace.
Glazener, Nancy. Reading for Realism: The History of a U.S. Literary Institution,...
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