Even while he was asking it, London
was eagerly reading Irving
's Sketch book
In 1821 came Fenimore Cooper
, and by 1826, when Webster
was announcing in his rolling orotund that Adams
were no more, the London
booksellers were covering their stalls with Cooper
's The last of the Mohicans
, and Bryant
are thus the pioneers in a new phase of American literary activity, often called, for convenience in labeling, the Knickerbocker Group
because of the identification of these men with New York.
And close behind these leaders come a younger company, destined likewise, in the shy boyish words of Hawthorne
, one of the number, “to write books that would be read in England
For by 1826 Hawthorne
were out of college and were trying to learn to write.
, and Bancroft
, somewhat older men, were settling to their great tasks.
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
which he was to publish in Boston
in the following year.
was a Harvard undergraduate.
had just printed