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The American ClassicsA Personal Essay

The American Classics: A Personal Essay

Denis Donoghue

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300107814
eISBN:
9780300133783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300107814.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

How is a classic book to be defined? How much time must elapse before a work may be judged a “classic”? And among all the works of American literature, which deserve the designation? This book ... More

American SympathyMen, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation

American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation

Caleb Crain

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083323
eISBN:
9780300133677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083323.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book weaves together literary criticism and historical narrative to describe the strong friendships between men that supported and inspired some of America's greatest writing—the Gothic novels ... More

Consciousness and CultureEmerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Joel Porte

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104462
eISBN:
9780300130577
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104462.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Ralp Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are the most celebrated odd couple of nineteenth-century American literature. Appearing to play the roles of benign mentor and eager disciple, they can also ... More

Emerson's ProtégésMentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

Emerson's Protégés: Mentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future

David Dowling

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300197440
eISBN:
9780300206760
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In the late 1830s, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, lecturer, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, publicly called for a radical nationwide vocational reinvention, and an ... More

James Fenimore CooperThe Early Years

James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years

Wayne Franklin

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300108057
eISBN:
9780300135008
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300108057.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) invented the key forms of American fiction—the Western, the sea tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. Furthermore, Cooper turned novel writing from a polite ... More

The ListThe Uses and Pleasures of Cataloguing

The List: The Uses and Pleasures of Cataloguing

Robert Belknap

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103830
eISBN:
9780300127195
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103830.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

“I am no more lonely than the Mill Brook, or a weathercock, or the north star, or the south wind, or an April shower, or a January thaw, or the first spider in a new house,” wrote Henry David Thoreau ... More

Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Thoreau's Ecstatic Witness

Alan Hodder

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300089592
eISBN:
9780300129755
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300089592.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

When Henry David Thoreau died in 1862, friends and admirers remembered him as an eccentric man whose outer life was continuously fed by deeper spiritual currents. But scholars have since focused ... More

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