I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900

I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900

I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900

I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900

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Emily Dickinson and Stephen Crane

Was there no meaning in the live repose of the valley behind the mill,
and which Homer or Shakespeare could not reform for me in words?

-- Emerson, Nature , 1836.

Men and women and the earth and all upon it are simply to be taken as
they are, and the investigation of their past and present and future shall
be unintermitted and shall be done with perfect candor. Upon this basis
philosophy speculates ever looking toward the poet.

-- Whitman, Preface to 1855
Leaves of Grass .

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