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American Renaissance : Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman

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Studies the views of 5 prominent mid-19th century writers on the function and nature of literature and how they applied these views to their works.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 46mm | 938.93g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • plates
  • 019500759X
  • 9780195007596
  • 784,542

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"[Matthiessen's] exploration of the haunted mind of Hawthorne, of Emerson's integrity, of the mental hell in which Melville lived, of Whitman's schizophrenia, of Thoreau's chosen solitude, [has] produced a book unequaled in American critical writing."--The New Republic"Perhaps the most profound work of literary criticism on historical principles by any modern American."--Saturday Review"[Matthiessen's] exploration of the haunted mind of Hawthorne, of Emerson's integrity, of the mental hell in which Melville lived, of Whitman's schizophrenia, of Thoreau's chosen solitude, [has] produced a book unequaled in American critical writing."--The New Republic"Matthiessen has brought to light a rich and complex period....His comments on language and style, in addition to being discerning as criticism, become finally profound reflections on nineteenth-century American society."--Daniel Aaron, Kenyon Reviewshow more

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This text has taken its place as the definitive treatment of the most distinguished age of American literature. Centering the discussion around five literary giants of the mid-nineteenth century-Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman. Matthiessen elucidates their conceptions of the nature and function of literature, and the extent to which these were realized in their writings.show more

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