French Criticism Of American Literature Before 1850 (volume 19) by Harold Elmer MantzFrench Criticism Of American Literature Before 1850 (volume 19) by Harold Elmer Mantz

French Criticism Of American Literature Before 1850 (volume 19)

byHarold Elmer Mantz

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... THE FRENCH CRITICISM OF--- AMERICAN LITEllMtTJRE Introductory--".---French criticism of American literature began/ approximately with the year 1825. Preceding years had indeed seen a number of translations of American-works into French and certain notices upon them or upon untranslated publications. But the French interest in America had hitherto been of a different nature from literary; and very naturally. For although national pride or a curiosity in the matter of bibliography has prompted the bringing together of enormous lists of titles in what may be called American literature in the larger sense, still the number of works among these possessing a degree of excellence apart from their historical interest remains small, almost nothing indeed, relatively to those of Europe. To-day, we may suppose, a colony or nation corresponding in importance to the America of the eighteenth century would receive more attention for its literature. But, aside from the fact that books travelled slowly and at more hazard in those days, there is.the., more important fact that France had.alpipst no general reviews other than learne"d%-before the end of the eighteenth century.;.jBut France had not been looking to America-for hterature. Since the days when this hemisphere was 'El Dorado/ a land of nrjfste/y with somewhere in it the very fountaujr..-o'f youth and happiness, a land where all,/was different from the Europe where men-.-suffered want, and hate, and age; for France at least this land had always continued to be in some sort a Utopia, where the.weary search for the philosopher's stone was not requisite to set one above the misery of his fellows in the Old World, or where he should find brothers and not enemies among men. Since the conception was an ideal, no toil an...
Title:French Criticism Of American Literature Before 1850 (volume 19)Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217214738

ISBN - 13:9780217214735