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Heroic Fiction: The Epic Tradition and American Novels of the Twentieth Century

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Introduction
1.
The American Novel and Its Tradition ( New York, 1957), p. 57.
2.
The English Epic and Its Background ( Oxford, 1954), p. 62.
3.
Trials of the Word ( New Haven, 1965), p. ix.
4.
The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy, and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century ( Chicago, 1955), p. 144.
5.
Images of Truth ( New York, 1962), p. 8.

1 - History and Definition
1.
This and similar pronouncements may be found in Benjamin T. Spencer, The Quest for Nationality ( Syracuse, 1957), p. 58.
2.
Brian Wilkie, Romantic Poets and Epic Tradition ( Madison, 1965), p. 10.
3.
Stanley Vestal, Kit Carson: the Happy Warrior of the Old West ( Boston, 1928), pp. 3-4.
4.
Edward Dowden was probably the first to compare Leaves of Grass to classical epic. "The Poetry of Democracy: Walt Whitman," having first appeared in the Westminster Review of July 1871, may well have influenced Whitman, a year later, to call his collection of poems "an epic of Democracy." Three discussions of Leaves of Grass as epic are: Ferner Nuhn, "Leaves of Grass Viewed as an Epic," Arizona Quarterly, 7 (Winter 1951), 324-38; Roy Harvey Pearce, The Continuity of American Poetry ( Princeton, 1961), pp. 69-83; James E. Miller Jr., A Critical Guide to Leaves of Grass ( Chicago, 1957), pp. 174-86.

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