Anglo-American Encounters: England and the Rise of American Literature by Benjamin LeaseAnglo-American Encounters: England and the Rise of American Literature by Benjamin Lease

Anglo-American Encounters: England and the Rise of American Literature

byBenjamin Lease

Paperback | April 9, 2009

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Between the years 1850 and 1855 there appeared, in rapid succession, five American books now universally recognised as classics: The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Walden and Leaves of Grass. This study seeks to clarify that extraordinary half-decade in the rise of American literature. In successive chapters Professor Lease analyses the British connections of ten American writers, from Washington Irving to Walt Whitman. He considers their struggle for cultural independence through their engagement with, reaction to and gradual acceptance by the established English world of letters. These Anglo-American encounters are a dramatic series of portraits that provide new perspectives for understanding the career, the quest for nationality and the imaginative world of each of these major contributors to the shaping of an American literature.
Title:Anglo-American Encounters: England and the Rise of American LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:April 9, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521108527

ISBN - 13:9780521108522

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Forays: 1. 'Who reads an American book?'; 2. Washington Irving: uneasy ambassador; 3. Homeward Bound: the two voices of Fenimore Cooper; 4. Yankee Invasion: John Neal's campaign; 5. Poe's England and the divided self; 6. Hawthorne and Our Old Home; 7. Crosscurrents: Melville's England and America; Part II. Forays and Friendships: 8. God's ambassador: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Old England; 9. Emerson, Carlyle and 'the two Englands'; 10. A brother's house: Thoreau's resurrection ode; 11. 'Leaves of Grass': England and the outsetting bard.