Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide (Google eBook)

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Denise D. Knight
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 458 pages
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The American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, and our notions of the 19th-century renaissance have been reevaluated. Mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect the expanding literary canon, yet resources for readers have remained widely scattered. This book expands earlier definitions of the 19th-century American Renaissance as represented by canonical writers such as Emerson and Poe, covering writers who published popular fiction and dominated the literary marketplace of the day. Included is generous coverage of women writers and writers of color.

The volume provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 writers of the period, including Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and many more.

Each entry was written by an expert contributor and includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies.

  

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Contents

Amos Bronson Alcott 17991888
1
Louisa May Alcott 18321888
7
William Apess 17981839
15
Robert Montgomery Bird 18061854
19
William Wells Brown 1814?1884
24
William Cullen Bryant 17941878
30
Alice Cary 18201871
38
Phoebe Cary 18241871
43
Caroline M Kirkland 18011864
227
Abraham Lincoln 18091865
235
George Lippard 18221854
240
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 18071882
244
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet 17901870
251
James Russell Lowell 18191891
256
Maria Jane Mclntosh 18031878
263
Herman Melville 18191891
267

William Ellery Channing 17801842
46
Caroline Chesebro 18251873
51
Lydia Maria Child 18021880
56
James Fenimore Cooper 17891851
64
Christopher Pearse Cranch 18131892
72
Maria Susanna Cummins 18271866
77
Rebecca Harding Davis 18311910
81
Martin Robison Delany 18121885
87
Emily Dickinson 18301886
91
Frederick Douglass 18181895
101
Emma Catherine Embury 18061863
109
Ralph Waldo Emerson 18031882
113
Fanny Fern Sara Willis Parton 18111872
124
Margaret Fuller 18101850
130
William Lloyd Garrison 18051879
138
Caroline Howard Gilman 17941888
142
Grace Greenwood Sara Jane Clarke Lippincott 18231904
147
Angelina Grimké 18051879
151
Charlotte L Forten Grimké 18371914
156
Sarah Grimké 17921873
161
Sarah Josepha Hale 17881879
165
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 18251911
170
George Washington Harris 18141869
176
Nathaniel Hawthorne 18041864
180
Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz 18001856
193
Oliver Wendell Holmes 18091894
197
Ellen Sturgis Hooper 18121848
203
Julia Ward Howe 18191910
206
Washington Irving 17831859
210
Harriet Ann Jacobs c 18131897
218
Sylvester Judd 18131853
223
Elizabeth Oakes Smith 18061893
277
Frances Sargent Locke Osgood 18111850
282
Theodore Parker 18101860
287
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 18151852
292
Edgar Allen Poe 18091849
300
James Redpath 18331891
308
John Rollin Ridge 18271867
312
Catharine Maria Sedgwick 17891867
316
Lydia Huntley Sigourney 17911865
324
William Gilmore Simms 18061870
329
Elizabeth Cady Stanton 18151902
335
Maria W Stewart 18031879
340
Harriet Beecher Stowe 18111896
345
Bayard Taylor 18251878
353
Henry David Thoreau 18171862
357
Thomas Bangs Thorpe 18151878
367
Henry Timrod 18281867
372
Sojourner Truth c 1797?1883
376
Jones Very 18131880
380
Susan Warner 18191885
384
Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher 1812?1852
392
James Monroe Whitfield 18221871
396
Sarah Helen Whitman 18031878
400
Walt Whitman 18191892
404
John Greenleaf Whittier 18071892
415
Nathaniel Parker Willis 18061867
422
Harriet E Wilson 1827?1863?
427
Select Bibliography
433
Index
437
About the Contributors
453
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About the author (2003)

DENISE D. KNIGHT is Professor of English at the State University of New York at Cortland, where she specializes in 19th-century American literature. Her books include Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997), Approaches to Teaching Gilman's Herland and "The Yellow Wall-Paper (2003), Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 1997), The Later Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1996), and The Diaries of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1994).

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