Studies in Classic American Literature

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Atlantic Publishers & Dist, Jan 1, 1995 - 191 pages
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Studies In Classic American Literature Is Valuable Not Only For The Light It Sheds On Eighteenth And Nineteenth Century American Consciousness, Telling 'The Truth Of The Day', But Also As A Prime Example Of Lawrence'S Learning, Passion And Integrity Of Judgement.To Cite Herbert J. Seligmann, 'Studies In Classic American Literature Alone Is A Foundation For A New American Critical Literature. Lawrence Fertilizes With Fire. No Living American Writing In A Critical Sense From Now On Will Be Able To Ignore Him.'Lawrence Asserted That 'The Proper Function Of A Critic Is To Save The Tale From The Artist Who Created It' In These Highly Individual, Penetrating Essays He Has Exposed 'The American Whole Soul' Within Some Of That Continent'S Major Works Of Literature. In Seeking To Establish The Status Of Writings By Such Authors As Poe, Melville, Fenimore Cooper And Whitman, Lawrence Himself Has Created A Classic Work.
 

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User Review  - Zack Pieper - Goodreads

really interesting and fascinating read, but so weirdly ambivalent, back and forth about Whitman. Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

Lawrence is *very* funny here. If he hadn't spent his whole life bogged down in cloying, didactic novels, he might have been remembered for his criticism, which is merciless, arbitrary, and hilarious. Read full review

Contents

Benjamin Franklin
19
Hector St John de Crevecceur
28
Fenimote Coopers White Novels
44
Fenimore Coopers Leatherstocking Novels
56
Edgar Allan Poe
75
Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Scarlet Letter
93
Hawthornes Blithedak Romance
108
Danas Jvc Years Before The Mast
119
Herman Melvilles Typee and Omoo
143
Herman Melvilles Moby Dick
157
Whitman
171
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