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Revolutionary Writers : Literature and Authority in the New Republic 1725-1810

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Elliott demonstrates how America's first men of letters--Timothy Dwight, Joel Barlow, Philip Freneau, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and Charles Brockden Brown--sought to make individual genius in literature express the collective genius of the American people. Without literary precedent to aid them, Elliott argues, these writers attempted to convey a vision of what America ought to be; and when the moral imperatives implicit in their writings were rejected by the vast number of their countrymen they became pioneers of another sort--the first to experience the alienation from mainstream American culture that would become the fate of nearly all serious writers who would follow.show more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.9 x 21.8mm | 426.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195039955
  • 9780195039955

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This is a fine book, well organized, well argued, and well written. * Harry S. Mooney, Jr., University of Pittsburgh *show more

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