American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS page vii

I. THE POETIC INCEPTION 1

II. POE AND THE ROMANTIC EXPERIMENT 53

III. POLITICS AND PASTORAL IN COOPER 97

IV. THE TRAGIC PHASE: MELVILLE AND HAWTHORNE 141

V. TWAIN AS SATIRIST 192

VI. EDITH WHARTON AND THE REALISTS 236

VII. MODERN AMERICAN FICTION AND ITS INHERITANCE 265

APPENDIX A 288

APPENDIX B 294

INDEX 301

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