Reading America: Essays on American Literature

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University of California Press, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
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Here is a selection by the distinguished critic of his essays and commentaries on American writing and writers, from Emerson and Whitman through Auden and Ashbery. Denis Donoghue examines the canon in the light of what he takes to be the central dynamic of the American enterprise--the imperatives of a powerful national past versus the subversions of an irrevocably anarchic spirit.

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Donoghue focuses on key figures in American literature from Emerson to John Ashbery. He does not offer a comprehensive study, however. Instead, he has collected ten rather substantial essays and 17 ... Read full review

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Denis Donoghue is the author of many books on literature, including Connoisseurs of Chaos, Emily Dickinson, The Ordinary Universe, The Sovereign Ghost, and We Irish.

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