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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 48 48 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 15 15 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 11 11 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 8 8 Browse Search
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Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 3 3 Browse Search
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recognition of the presence of these qualities in the Captain which makes us think of his books dealing with America as if they were American books. There are other narratives by colonists temporarily residing in the Virginia plantations which gratify our historical curiosity, but which we no more consider a part of American literature than the books written by Stevenson, Kipling, and Wells during their casual visits to this country. But Captain Smith's True Relation impresses us, like Mark Twain's Roughing it, with being somehow true to type. In each of these books the possible unveracities in detail are a confirmation of their representative American character. In other words, we have unconsciously formulated, in the course of centuries, a general concept of the pioneer. Novelists, poets, and historians have elaborated this conception. Nothing is more inevitable than our reaching back to the beginning of the seventeenth century and endeavoring to select, among the thousands
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
eers, and ending with the vast darkening horizon of The Prairie and the death of the trapper, and one will feel how natural and inevitable are the fates of the personages and the alterations in the life of the frontier. These books vary in their poetic quality and in the degree of their realism, but to watch the evolution of the leading figure is to see human life in its actual texture. Clever persons and pedantic persons have united to find fault with certain elements of Cooper's art. Mark Twain, in one of his least inspired moments, selected Cooper's novels for attack. Every grammar school teacher is ready to point out that his style is often prolix and his sentences are sometimes ungrammatical. Amateurs even criticize Cooper's seamanship, although it seemed impeccable to Admiral M1ahan. No doubt one must admit the helplessness, propriety, and incapacity of most of Cooper's women, and the dreadfulness of his bores, particularly the Scotchmen, the doctors, and the naturalists.
nd discovery of America ; and he quotes effectively from Mark Twain, who was himself one of these discoverers: The eight yeaer fake until this shrewd river-pilot who signed himself Mark Twain took its soundings! Then came a series of far greater b of the public seems not quite made up. It is clear that Mark Twain the writer of romance is gaining upon Mark Twain the humMark Twain the humorist. The inexhaustible American appetite for frontier types of humor seizes upon each new variety, crunches it with huge and the negro Jim and Pudd'nhead Wilson, when one feels Mark Twain's power in sheer description and episode, his magic in ete, another discoverer of the West, wears less well than Mark Twain as a personal figure, but has a sure place in the evoluthat decade which witnessed the first literary bonanza of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. It will continue to be discovered, in i, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Lowell, Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Mr. Howells. In the pages of these men and of hund
brated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, the, Clemens 237 Century magazine, 256 Changeling, the, Lowell, 172 Channing, Edward, 13 Channing, W. E., 112, 113, 119, 142 Chateaubriand, Vicomte de, 96-97 Children's hour, the, Longfellow 157 Chita, Hearn 248 Chinese Ghosts, Hearn 248 Choate, Rufus, 215 Church, Captain, 39 Circuit rider, the, Eggleston 247 City in the sea, the, Poe 189 Clark, Roger, 41 Clarke, J. F., 141 Clay, Ienry, 208, 209-11 Clemens, S. L. (Mark Twain), attacks Cooper's novels, 99; quoted, 236; life and writings, 237-40; typically American, 265 Cobbler Keezar's vision, Whittier 161 Cody, W. F. (Buffalo Bill), 243 Columbus, life of, Irving 91 Commemoration Ode, Lowell 170, 172 Common sense, Paine 75 Conquest of Granada, Irving 91 Conquest of Mexico, Prescott 179 Conquest of Peru, Prescott 179 Conspiracy of Pontiac, the, Parkman 184 Cooke, Rose Terry, 249 Cooper, J. F., 95-101, 265 Cotton, John, 18, 32 Courts