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William Graham Sumner

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Social Sciences.

(1840 –1910)

An American sociologist who was one of the most prominent turn-of-the-century advocates of social Darwinism and laissez-faire government in the United States. Sumner's...

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Things Fall Apart

Gina M. Rossetti.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism

March 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers). 4845 words.

A review of the texts that comprise the American naturalist canon suggests a preoccupation with a culture in retrograde. So much of this concern manifests itself in the era, where anxieties...

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