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 Dorothea Lange, Napa Valley, CA. More Than Twenty-Five Years a Bindle-Stiff. Walks from the Mines to the Lumber Camps to the Farms (1938),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-018799-E].
Transients, referred to as "hobos" or "bindle-stiffs," often traveled around the country by rail and on foot, working odd seasonal jobs such as harvesting crops or lumber. During the depression, the hobo became a character in American literature, particularly in works by Jack London, John Dos Passos, and Robert Frost. Poems and autobiographies by hobos themselves also flourished.
 Samuel H. Gottscho, Gate Bordered by Stone Walls (c. 1918),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZC2-4334].
This photograph shows a fence constructed in typical New England style: stone laid upon stone. In poems such as "Mending Wall," Robert Frost emphasized rural New England settings and used images like this to represent larger concepts.
 Anonymous, Robert Frost, Head-and-Shoulders Portrait, Facing Front (between 1910 and 1920),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-115064].
Robert Frost is often thought of as a pastoral New England poet, but even his simplest-seeming poems engage complicated questions about life and death, good and evil.
 Joseph John Kirkbride, Panorama of Mooseriver Village (c. 1884-91),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-61485].
"Good fences make good neighbors," Robert Frost tells us in "Mending Wall." Nineteenth-century writer Sarah Orne Jewett, the daughter of a country doctor, also drew much of her inspiration from the small-town New England life with which she was familiar.
 William Shakespeare, from Macbeth (c. 1608),
courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
Macbeth's famous soliloquy from Act 5, scene 5 of Macbeth. Numerous works of American literature have drawn on this soliloquy, including William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Robert Frost's "Out, Out-."
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