The stories behind America’s most iconic works of art. Produced by PRI, and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
From “The Great Gatsby,” to “Native Son,” to “I Love Lucy,” American Icons takes you inside some of the most influential works of art. Deeply researched and beautifully scored, the pieces bring history to life and life to history, and examine how artists continue to provoke, challenge, and entertain us.
<p>In <em>The</em> <em>House of Mirth</em>, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.<strong></strong></p>
<p>All of America sings it at school and summer camp; Bruce Springsteen sang it at President Obama’s inauguration. Yet Woody Guthrie’s song was once called anti-American, even Communist.</p>