Correspondence and American Literature, 1770-1865 by Elizabeth HewittCorrespondence and American Literature, 1770-1865 by Elizabeth Hewitt

Correspondence and American Literature, 1770-1865

byElizabeth Hewitt

Paperback | January 7, 2010

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Elizabeth Hewitt argues that many canonical American authors, including Jefferson, Emerson, Melville, Dickinson and Whitman, turned to letter-writing as an idealized genre through which to consider the challenges of American democracy before the Civil War. Hewitt maintains that, although correspondence is generally only conceived as a biographical archive, it must instead be understood as a significant genre through which these early authors made sense of social and political relations in the new nation.
Title:Correspondence and American Literature, 1770-1865Format:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:January 7, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521123739

ISBN - 13:9780521123730

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Table of Contents

Preface: universal letter writers; 1. National letters; 2. Emerson and Fuller's phenomenal letters; 3. Melville's dead letters; 4. Jacobs's letters from nowhere; 5. Dickinson's lyrical letters; Conclusion: Whitman's universal letters.

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"Hewitt's voluminous reading and mastery of the literature are evident throughout. Highly recommended." CHOICE