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The American ClassicsA Personal Essay$
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Denis Donoghue

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300107814

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300107814.001.0001

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Introduction: After Emerson

Introduction: After Emerson

(p.1) Introduction: After Emerson
The American Classics

Denis Donoghue

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the books that are considered American classics. This volume analyzes Nathanial Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Henry David Thoreau's Walden, and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. It investigates what it meant for these books to be accepted by American culture as the cardinal books and how American readers use them for different causes.

Keywords:   American classics, The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, Leaves of Grass, Walden, Huckleberry Finn, American culture, cardinal books

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