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  • Ralph Waldo Emersonby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2006; US$ 54.00

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of America's most influential thinkers. His essay, "Nature" is considered to be the founding document for the Transcendentalism movement, and his influence can be seen in the writings of Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, and countless others. This is a guide on the 19th-century essayist and philosopher. more...

  • Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters Setby Matthew J. Bruccoli

    Infobase Publishing 2008; US$ 408.00

    The new Student's Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters is a comprehensive four-volume set designed to help students approach American literature in what is often the most appealing way--through the most memorable characters of the greatest works. Approximately 900 in-depth character entries, ranging from about 1,000 to 1,400 words each,... more...

  • Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865by Eric J. Sundquist

    University Press of Mississippi 2006; US$ 25.00

    The flourishing of pre-Civil War literature known as the American Renaissance occurred in a volatile context of national expansion and sectional strife. Canonical writers such as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Henry David Thoreau, as well as those more recently acclaimed, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe, emerged... more...

  • Imagining Equality in Nineteenth-Century American Literatureby Kerry Larson

    Cambridge University Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    An exploration of the theme of equality in Stowe, Douglass, Hawthorne, Alcott and others, first published in 2008. more...

  • Henry James and the Queerness of Styleby Kevin Ohi

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00

    Kevin Ohi begins this energetic book with the proposition that to read Henry Jamesùparticularly the late textsùis to confront the queer potential of style and the traces it leaves on the literary life. In contrast to other recent critics, Ohi asserts that James's queerness is to be found neither in the homoerotic thematics of the texts, however... more...

  • American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929by Philip R. Yannella

    Wiley 2010; US$ 101.95

    This book places major literary works within the context of the topics that engaged a great number of American writers in the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression Topics include Civil War memory, the virtual re-enslavement of African-Americans after Reconstruction, and radical social movements Draws on a range... more...

  • Henry James: The Young Masterby Sheldon M. Novick

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 19.95

    Washington Square (on which the play The Heiress i s based) and his masterpiece The Portrait of a Lady. The Washington Post Book World notes: ?It is no small ambition to write a biography of James that is commensurate with that master, and Sheldon Novick has done it.? ?Splendidly written . . . Novick has aimed to bring James back to life... more...

  • Uncertain Chancesby Maurice S. Lee

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 64.99

    The role of chance changed in the nineteenth century, and American literature changed with it. Long dismissed as a nominal concept, chance was increasingly treated as a natural force to be managed but never mastered. New theories of chance sparked religious and philosophical controversies while revolutionizing the sciences as probabilistic methods... more...

  • Capital Lettersby David Dowling

    University of Iowa Press 1753; US$ 29.95

    In the 1840s and 1850s, as the market revolution swept the United States, the world of literature confronted for the first time the gaudy glare of commercial culture. Amid growing technological sophistication and growing artistic rejection of the soullessness of materialism, authorship passed from an era of patronage and entered the clamoring free... more...

  • Dancing in Chainsby Rodney D. Olsen

    NYU Press 1991; US$ 89.00

    " Dancing in Chains is far more than a sensitive biography (though it is surely that); it is also a model of psychologically informed social and cultural history. Olsen recognizes that psychic conflicts often play themselves out on a higher plane, that psychic and intellectual history are intertwined. He presents a wonderful nuanced picture of... more...