European Revolutions and the American Literary Renaissance

Hardcover | October 26, 1988

byLarry J. Reynolds

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Political issues andevents have always acted as a catalyst on thought and art. Inthis pioneering study, Larry J. Reynolds argues that the European revolutions of 1848-49 quickened the American literary imagination and shaped the characters, plots, and themes of the American renaissance. He traces the impact of the revolutions on Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Thoreau, showing that the upheavals abroad both inspired and disturbed. "Extraordinarily well informed and creative treatment of the influences of the 1848-49 European revolutions on writers of the American Renaissance. . . . The book is especially effective in providing a historical context for reading major writings. It demonstrates influences at work at a number of levels and presents historical narrative and subtle readings of literary texts with equal clarity. Highly recommended."- Choice

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This book is about the influence of the European revolutions of 1848-49 upon American literature of the mid-nineteenth century, a period often referred to as the American literary renaissance.

Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:October 26, 1988Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300042426

ISBN - 13:9780300042429

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This book is about the influence of the European revolutions of 1848-49 upon American literature of the mid-nineteenth century, a period often referred to as the American literary renaissance.