Introduction to the Study of American Literature

Introduction to the Study of American Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Longfellow was called to the professorship of modern languages at Harvard College. Again he went to Europe for further study, being absent for a year and a half; but his journey was saddened by the death of his wife. Toward the end of 1836 he took up his abode in Cambridge, where he was to reside for the rest of his life--for Lonjt'ellov;'s Residence. Cambridge. Mass. forty-five years. He was made to feel at home in the society of the scholars who clustered about Harvard, then almost the sole center of culture in the country. His work for the college was not so exacting that he had not time for literature. The impulse to write poetry returned; yet the next book he published was the prose "Hyperion," which appeared in 1839, and which, though it has little plot or action, may be called a romance. The youthful and poetic hero, a passionate pilgrim in Europe, was, more or less, a reflection of Longfellow himself. A few months later, in the same year, he published his first volume of poetry--"Voices of the Night," in which he reprinted certain of his earlier verses, most of them written while he was at Bowdoin. Some of these boyish verses show the influence of Bryant, and others reveal to us that the young poet had not yet looked at life for himself, but still saw it through the stained-glass windows of European tradition. The same volume contained also some more recent poems: the " Beleaguered City," and the "Reaper and the Flowers," and the "Psalm of Life"--perhaps the first of his poems to win a swift and abiding popularity. These lyrics' testified that Longfellow was beginning to have a style of his own. As Hawthorne wrote to him, " Nothing equal to them was ever written in this world--this western world, I mean." Certainly no American author had...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669630
  • 9781236669636