A History of American Literature, 1607-1865

A History of American Literature, 1607-1865

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A History of American Literature, 1607-1865

A History of American Literature, 1607-1865

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While this volume has been prepared in the main along the lines laid down by its predecessors in the series to which it belongs, it differs from most of them in at least one important particular. A somewhat enlarged scale of treatment has been employed. This was necessitated by the facts that American literature, so far as concerns not merely the outside world, but the American people themselves, is a creation of the nineteenth century, and that it was impossible to deal satisfactorily with living writers; in other words, with the work of one generation out of three. To have treated so callow a literature on the scale adopted by the writers of the volumes dealing with the mature and extensive literatures of France and England would have meant the writing of an essay, not of a book.

The adoption of a somewhat magnified scale would seem, however, to be attended by two advantages. Owing in great part to democratic conditions the number of fairly important as opposed to comparatively eminent writers has been very large in America. A history of literature constructed on normal lines must omit this . . .

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