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  • William Dean Howellsby Susan Goodman; Carl Dawson

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 47.95

    Possibly the most influential figure in the history of American letters, William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was, among other things, a leading novelist in the realist tradition, a formative influence on many of America's finest writers, and an outspoken opponent of social injustice. This biography, the first comprehensive work on Howells in fifty years,... more...

  • The Culture of Sentimentby Shirley Samuels

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 144.99

    Samuels's collection of critical essays gives body and scope to the subject of nineteenth-century sentimentality by situating it in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race. Presenting an interdisciplinary range of approaches that consider sentimental culture before and after the Civil War, these critical studies of American literature and culture... more...

  • Letters, Fictions, Livesby Michael Anesko

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 174.99

    In this unique and long-awaited volume, Michael Anesko documents the literary cross-fertilization between Henry James and William Dean Howells, collecting 151 letters, nearly all the extant correspondence between the two men, as well as the most significant critical commentary James wrote on Howells and Howells wrote on James.Scholars have long recognized... more...

  • The American Civil Warby Ian Frederick Finseth

    CRC Press 2006; US$ 39.95

    This anthology brings together a wide variety of both well-known and more obscure writing from and about the Civil War, along with supplementary appendices to facilitate use in courses. The writing includes short fiction, poetry, public addresses, diary entries, song lyrics, and essays from such figures as Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane,... more...

  • Machine and Metaphorby Jennifer C. Cook

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    American literary realism burgeoned during a period of tremendous technological innovation. Because the realists evinced not only a fascination with this new technology but also an ethos that seems to align itself with science, many have paired the two fields rather unproblematically. But this book demonstrates that many realist writers, from Mark... more...

  • Contesting the Past, Reconstructing the Nationby Ben Railton

    University of Alabama Press 2011; US$ 34.95

    Fables of American history embodied in Gilded Age literature In this study of Gilded Age literature and culture, Ben Railton proposes that in the years after Reconstruction, America? s identity was often contested through distinct and competing conceptions of the nation? s history. He argues that the United States moved toward unifying and univocal... more...

  • Bohemia in America, 1858?1920by Joanna Levin

    Stanford University Press 2009; US$ 67.50 US$ 61.50

    American Bohemias explores the construction and emergence of "Bohemia" in American literature and culture. more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalismby Joel Myerson; Sandra Harbert Petrulionis; Laura Dassow Walls

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 169.99

    The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism offers an eclectic, comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to the immense cultural impact of the movement that encompassed literature, art, architecture, science, and politics. more...

  • The Fugitive's Propertiesby Stephen M. Best

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 37.00

    In this study of literature and law before and since the Civil War, Stephen M. Best shows how American conceptions of slavery, property, and the idea of the fugitive were profoundly interconnected. The Fugitive's Properties uncovers a poetics of intangible, personified property emerging out of antebellum laws, circulating through key nineteenth-century... more...

  • American Hungersby Gavin Jones

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95 US$ 29.98

    Social anxiety about poverty surfaces with startling frequency in American literature. Yet, as Gavin Jones argues, poverty has been denied its due as a critical and ideological framework in its own right, despite recent interest in representations of the lower classes and the marginalized. These insights lay the groundwork for American Hungers ,... more...