A History of American Letters

A History of American Letters

A History of American Letters

A History of American Letters

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The following history of American literature is addressed primarily to the undergraduate student. Its primary object is to enable the student to come more completely into possession of the rich treasures of experience contained in our American writings. To this end, I have attempted to tell, clearly and impartially, the story of our literature in its historical development, and in its relation to the cultural forces out of which it grew. And I have attempted to indicate, in brief critical passages designed to be suggestive rather than exhaustive, the principal values and limitations of our authors.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge my indebtedness to Professor Harry Hayden Clark--in general, for cordial encouragement and helpful criticism, and in particular, for suggestions in regard to the influence of scientific deism on eighteenth-century thought. It is a pleasure, too, to have had the collaboration of Mr. Harry Hartwick , author of The Foreground of American Fiction, who has read the manuscript and prepared the bibliographies.

For permission to quote from material that is still under copyright, I should like to make grateful acknowledgment to the following: The University of Chicago Press, for permission to quote from Napier Wilt Poe's Attitude Toward His Tales: a New Document, Modern Philology, Volume XXV (August, 1927). Doubleday, Doran and Company, for permission to quote from Raymond M. Weaver Herman Melville, Mariner and Mystic. Mr. Hamlin Garland personally, for permission to quote from his Prairie Folks. Harcourt, Brace and Company, for permission to quote from T. S. Eliot Selected Essays, and from Sinclair Lewis Babbitt and Main Street. Harper and Brothers, for permission to quote from Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Houghton Mifflin Company, for permission to quote from Willa Cather's O Pioneers!, Norman Foerster American Criticism, William Vaughn Moody's Heart's Wild-Flower and The Masque of Judgment, and Henry David Thoreau Journals. Liveright Publishing Corporation, for permission to quote from The CollectedPoems of H. D.

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