The American Novel and Its Tradition ( New York, 1957), p. 57.
The English Epic and Its Background ( Oxford, 1954),
Trials of the Word ( New Haven, 1965), p. ix.
The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy, and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century ( Chicago, 1955), p. 144.
Images of Truth ( New York, 1962), p. 8.
1 - History and Definition
This and similar pronouncements may be found in Benjamin T. Spencer, The Quest for Nationality ( Syracuse, 1957), p. 58.
Brian Wilkie, Romantic Poets and Epic Tradition
( Madison, 1965), p. 10.
Kit Carson: the Happy Warrior of the
Old West ( Boston, 1928), pp. 3-4.
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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Book title: Heroic Fiction:The Epic Tradition and American Novels of the Twentieth Century.
Contributors: Leonard Lutwack - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1971.
Page number: 157.
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