Description - New England Literary Culture by Lawrence Buell
This book is a study of the development of New England literature and literary institutions from the American Revolutionary era to the late nineteenth century. It is the first and only book that deals with this particular time span. Professor Buell explores the foundations, growth and literary results of the professionalisation of the writing vocation. He pays particular attention to the major writers - Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Stowe and Dickinson - but surveys them with a number of lesser-known authors, and explores the conventions, values and institutions which affected them all. Some of the main topics covered include the distinctive features of the Early National and Antebellum periods in New England writing; the importance of certain literary genres (poetry, oratory and religious narrative etc.); the impact of Puritanism and its values; and the invention of acceptable conventions for portraying the New England landscape and institutions in literature.
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(228mm x 152mm x 35mm)
Cambridge University Press
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