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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.) 168 0 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 114 0 Browse Search
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he nation. The authors of these productions have frequently won the recognition and affection of their contemporaries by means of prose and verse quite unsuited to sustain the test of severe critical standards. Neither Longfellow's Excelsior nor Poe's Bells nor Whittier's Maud Muller is among the best poems of the three writers in question, yet there was something in each of these productions which caught the fancy of a whole American generation. It expressed one phase of the national mind rticular period, more of unity than there actually was. And we must always remember that there will be beautiful prose and verse unrelated to the main national tendencies save as the literature of escape. We owe this lesson to the genius of Edgar Allan Poe. Let us test these principles by applying them to the earliest colonists. The first book written on the soil of what is now the United States was Captain John Smith's True Relation of the planting of the Virginia colony in 1607. It was
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
croft, somewhat older men, were settling to their great tasks. Emerson was entering upon his duties as a minister. Edgar Allan Poe, at that University of Virginia which Jefferson had just founded, was doubtless revising Tamerlane and other poems wRip van Winkle; he used the framework of the narrative essay to create something almost like the perfected short story of Poe and Hawthorne; he wrote prose with unfailing charm in an age when charm was lacking; and, if he had no message, it should an earlier generation. Their names will be found in such limbos of the dead as Griswold's Poets and poetry of America and Poe's Literati. They knew the town in their day, and pleased its very easily pleased taste. The short-lived literary magazinre two of the unluckiestand yet luckiest-authors who ever tried to sell a manuscript along Broadway. One of them is Edgar Allan Poe and the other is Walt Whitman. They shall have a chapter to themselves. But before turning to that chapter, we m
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 7: romance, poetry, and history (search)
aste, seems somewhat oldfashioned, like Irving or Addison. He is perhaps too completely a New Englander to be understood by men of other stock, and has never, like Poe and Whitman, excited strong interest among European minds. Yet no American is surer, generation after generation, of finding a fit audience. Hawthorne's genius for instance, but in the actual performance of the critical function he was surpassed in method by Arnold and perhaps in inerrant perception, in a limited field, by Poe. It was as a poet, however, that he first won his place in our literature, and it is by means of certain passages in the Biglow papers and the Commemoration Ode repainting style, all these were theirs. But the wild ecstasy that thrilled the young Emerson as he crossed the bare Common at sunset, the supernal beauty of which Poe dreamed in the Fordham cottage, the bay horse and hound and turtle-dove which Thoreau lost long ago and could not find in his hut at Walden, these were something wh
he medium of British and American periodicals. Poe, who was older than Whitman by ten years, was s a dead-beat. A child of strolling players, Poe happened to be born in Boston, but he hated Froith an office-boy's firm and experienced eye: Mr. Poe was a fine gentleman when he was sober. He wnd prosperous Pharisees should be reminded that Poe did not make himself; or rather, that he could ot make himself over. Very few men can. Given Poe's temperament, and the problem is insoluble. He horror of the final moment. In Ligeia, which Poe sometimes thought the best of all his tales, th that bruised themselves against his prison. Poe was a tireless critic of his own work, and bothlory and the cash. I have sometimes imagined Poe, with four other men and one woman, seated at There was nothing distinctively American about Poe except his ingenuity; he had no interest in Ameal which numbered Bryant, Longfellow, Whittier, Poe, Hawthorne, and Thoreau among its contributors.[21 more...]
whole truth concerning Bret Harte's artistry. In mastery of the technique of the short story he is fairly comparable with Poe, though less original, for it was Poe who formulated, when Bret Harte was a child of six, the well-known theory of the unPoe who formulated, when Bret Harte was a child of six, the well-known theory of the unity of effect of the brief tale. This unity Harte secured through a simplification, often an insulation, of his theme, the omission of quarreling details, an atmosphere none the less novel for its occasional theatricality, and characters cunningly ut it is beside the point. Here is no Tolstoi painting the soul of his race in a few pages: Harte is simply a disciple of Poe and Dickens, turning the Poe construction trick gracefully, with Dickensy characters and consistently romantic action. r-ambitious designs. Whatever the flaws in his affluent verse, it has grown constantly in popular favor, and he is, after Poe, the best known poet of the South. The late Edmund Clarence Stedman, whose American Anthology and critical articles upon
gs of Jared Sparks, 2 volumes (1893). M. A. DeW. Howe, Life and letters of George Bancroft, 2 volumes (1908), G. S. Hillard, Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor, 2 volumes (1876), George Ticknor, Life of Prescott (1863), also Rollo Ogden, Life of Prescott (1904), G. W. Curtis, Correspondence of J. L. Motley, 2 volumes (1889), Francis Parkman, Works, 12 volumes (1865-1898), Life by C. H. Farnham (1900), J. F. Jameson, History of historical writing in America (1891). Chapter 8. Poe, Works, 10 volumes (Stedman-Woodberry edition, 1894-1895), also 17 volumes (Virginia edition, J. A. Harrison, 1902), Life by G. E. Woodberry, 2 volumes (1909). Whitman, Leaves of Grass and Complete prose works (Small, Maynard and Co.) (1897, 1898), also John Burroughs, A study of Whitman (1896). Chapter 9. C. Schurz, Life of Henry Clay, 2 volumes (1887). Daniel Webster, Works, 6 volumes (1851), Life by H. C. Lodge (1883). Rufus Choate, Works, 2 volumes (1862). Wendell Phillips, Speeche
ield, the, Longfellow 156 Assignation, the, Poe 193 Astoria, Irving 91 Atala, Chateaubriandry of Bruges, the, Longfellow 156 Bells, the, Poe 5-6,192 Biglow papers, the, Lowell 170, 172, 173 Black Cat, the, Poe 194 Blaine, J. G., quoted, 163 Blithedale romance, the, Hawthorne 14omas, quoted, 139 Cask of Amontillado, the, Poe 193 Cavell, Edith, quoted, 266 Cawein, Mader, the, Eggleston 247 City in the sea, the, Poe 189 Clark, Roger, 41 Clarke, J. F., 141 Cman's Dependence, Edwards 50 Gold Bug, the, Poe 193 Gookin, Daniel, 38 Greeley, Horace, 21716 Harvard College, 62 Haunted Palace, the, Poe 192 Hawthorne, Nathaniel, in 1826, 89; opinio 239 Irving, Washington, 89, 90-95 Israfel, Poe 189, 192 Jackson, Andrew, 5 Jackson, Helen Life on the Mississippi, Clemens 237 Ligeia, Poe 193 Lincoln, Abraham, recognizes uncertainty h plantation, history of, Bradford 28-29 Poe, E. A., literature of escape, 8; in 1826, 89; in Ne[2 more...]