Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 4

Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... questions that took years for discussion and settlement. The question of State rights versus the prerogative of the national executive brought to the fore such orators as Calhoun, Sumner, and Webster, the last of whom stands without a peer in American annals. The reader should become familiar with his Bunker Hill orations, and also the great " Reply to Hayne, " in which Webster embodied the reflections of his lifetime upon the sanctions of the Constitution and the necessity of maintaining the integrity of the Union. The literary center of the early years of the nineteenth century was New York City, though its primacy was later disputed and eventually eclipsed by Boston. In this neighborhood lived and Worked Irving and Drake and Halleck, Bryant and Poe and Willis. Washington Irving was our first man of letters to acquire a large reputation abroad. So many years of his life were spent in Europe and so strongly was his genius affected by the literary standards of the eighteenth century, and so intimate was the appeal made to his imagination by the history and life of Europe, that the accident of birth weighs but lightly in determining his classification as an American writer. It is not to be expected that a new literature will spring full-grown in a new country. Literature depends upon its background of ideals and traditions and its period of colonial dependence will far outlast the period of political dependence. Irving was not insensible, however, to the literary value of the few traditions that had gathered about New York and the Hudson, and his use of these may be seen in his " Knickerbocker's History of New York " and " The Sketch Book." " Bracebridge Hall," "Tales of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944984
  • 9781236944986