Nineteenth-Century Prose

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring

Illiberal Emerson
Emerson has long been considered a leading exponent of liberalism in U.S. culture. The common assumption has been that, for better or worse, his writings exemplify liberal values to a remarkably faithful degree. This essay challenges that assumption....
In Search of the "Great Human Family": Tourism, Mass Culture, and the Knowable Community of Dickens' American Notes
Much of Charles Dickens' encounter with the United Sates in 1842 was defined by places of public access--trains, canal boats, and steamboats. These are the spaces, by most accounts, where Dickens' identification with the United States finally and completely...
Satiric Models for Charles Lamb's "A Dissertation upon Roast Pig"
Though hitherto overlooked in social histories of cookery, Charles Lamb's essay approaches its subject through the new literary-culinary writing that appeared with European romanticism. Although Lamb's persona, Elia, never hesitates to express everywhere...
The Hidden Laughter of Women: An Aspect of Pater's Sensibility
Among the wide variety of female figures contemplated in Pater's work, there are a few who act as vehicles of a disturbing enlightenment, women whose detached amusement and range of knowledge challenge the onlooker. This essay explores three of the...
"The Tenant Is More Than the House": Selected Emerson Portraits in the Concord Free Public Library
Although Ralph Waldo Emerson was and remains one of America's most important thinkers, no complete descriptive listing of contemporary portraits of him has yet appeared. Among the problems facing anyone wishing to undertake such a project are the artist's...
Thoreau's Declaration of Independence from Emerson in Walden
When Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson became friends in 1837, Emerson, who was already a major literary figure in New England, assumed the role of Thoreau's mentor and patron. In return, he expected Thoreau, then a Harvard undergraduate...
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