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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 12 0 Browse Search
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on Cawein — to mention but half a dozen distinguished names out of a larger company — and to suggest that James Whitcomb Riley, more completely than any American poet since Longfellow, succeeded in expressing the actual poetic feelings of the men and women who composed his immense audience. Riley, like Aldrich, went to school to Herrick, Keats, Tennyson, and Longfellow, but when he began writing newspaper verse in his native Indiana he was guided by two impulses which gave individuality to heory of speech tones as the basis of verse, as well as a revival of the bardic practice of reciting one's own poems. For Riley had much of the actor and platform-artist in him, and comprehended that poetry might be made again a spoken art, directedmental traditions of our American literature and its frank appeal to the emotions of juvenility, actual and recollected. Riley's best holt as a poet was his memory of his own boyhood and his perception that the childmind lingers in every adult rea
erature during the colonial time, 2 volumes (1878) and Literary history of the American Revolution, 2 volumes (1897). For a general survey see Barrett Wendell, A literary history of America (1900), W. P. Trent, American literature (1903), G. E. Woodberry, America in literature (1903), W. C. Bronson, A short history of American literature (1903), with an excellent bibliography, W. B. Cairns, History of American literature (1912), W. P. Trent and J. Erskine, Great American writers (1912), and W. Riley, American thought (1915). The most recent and authoritative account is to be found in The Cambridge history of American literature, 3 volumes edited by Trent, Erskine, Sherman, and Van Doren. The best collection of American prose and verse is E. C. Stedman and E. M. Hutchinson's Library of American literature, 11 volumes (1888-1890). For verse alone, see E. C. Stedman, An American Anthology (1900), and W. C. Bronson, American poems, 1625-1892 (1912). For criticism of leading authors, not
New York at beginning of 18th century, 44 New York Tribune, 140, 218 Newburyport free Press, 90, 159 Newspapers, in colonies, 60-61; in 20th century, 263-64 North American review, 88, 103, 104, 112, 170 North Carolina in 1724, 44 North of Boston, Frost 261 Norwood, Colonel, 27 Oake, Urian, 41 Old Creole days, Cable 246 Old homestead, the, Thompson 248 Old Ironsides, Holmes 166 Old Manse, 119-20, 145 Old Regime, the, Parkman 185 Old Swimmina Hole, the, Riley 247 Oldtown fireside stories, Stowe 223 Oldtown Folks, Stowe 223 Olmsted, F. L., 246 On a certain Condescension in Foreigners, Lowell 174 Oratory in America, 208 et seq. Oregon Trail, the, Parkman 184 Otis, James, 72, 73 Our hundred days, Holmes 168 Outcast of Poker Flat, the, Harte 242 Outre-mer, Longfellow 152 Overland monthly, 240 Page, T. N., 246, 247 Paine, Thomas, 74-76 Parker, Theodore, 115, 119, 141, 206 Parkman, Francis, 143-44, 176, 182-86 Passa