The literature of the American people : an historical and critical survey.


New York : Appleton-Century-Crofts, [1951] .

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Subjects American literature -- History and criticism.
American literature.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
LitteĢrature ameĢricaine -- Histoire et critique.
Description xix, 1172 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date [1951]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 985-1107).
Also issued online.
Contents part 1. The colonial and revolutionary period: 1. The background of colonial literature -- 2. Early travellers and observers -- 3. Puritan preachers and prose writers -- 4. Poets and poetasters -- 5. Colonial historians -- 6. Aspects of eighteenth-century colonial culture -- 7. Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin -- 8. Woolman, Crevecoeur, and the romantic vision of America -- 9. The literature of the revolutionary controversy -- 10. The expanding literary horizon -- part 2. The establishment of national literature: 11. Politics and poetry -- 12. Early fiction and drama -- 13. National and universal themes -- 14. The romance of history and the frontier -- 15. The frontiers of life and death -- 16. Idealistic revolt and reform -- 17. Intuition and independence -- 18. Beauty and the supernatural -- 19. The romance of the moral life -- 20. Widening horizons in poetry -- 21. The height of the provincial -- 22. The rationalist in literature -- 23. Patrician democracy -- 24. The foundations of American criticism -- 25. Literature, politics, and slavery -- 26. Revolt and celebration in the drama -- 27. The literary historians -- 28. Literature and the allied arts -- part 3. The later nineteenth century: 29. The age of the monthly magazine -- 30. Democracy in free verse -- 31. New wine in old bottles -- 32. Exploitation of the provinces -- 33. Realism for the middle class -- 34. Escape from the commonplace -- 35. Mirth for the million -- 36. New voices in verse -- 37. The facts of life versus pleasant reading -- 38. The challenge of social problems and of science -- 39. Amusements on the stage -- part 4. The twentieth century: 40. Lingering urbanity -- 41. The conscience of liberalism -- 42. Spokesmen of the plain people -- 43. Respectability defied -- 44. Impressionists and experimenters -- 45. Analysts of decay -- 46. Loopholes of retreat -- 47. In the American grain -- 48. The resurgent South -- 49. Vitalizers of the drama -- 50. Cross-currents in American thought -- 51. Proletarian leanings -- 52. New movements in poetry -- 53. Twentieth-century forms and pressures.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)269155
(OCoLC)ocm00269155
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Quinn, Arthur Hobson, 1875-1960,
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