American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume Two: Melville to Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals

American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, Volume Two: Melville to Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals

by John Hollander
     
 

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

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Library Journal
In size and ambition, this may be the largest selection of poetry from our nation's first full century since Edmund Stedman's An American Anthology, 1787-1900, published more than 90 years ago. With its special sections of Native American poems, African American spirituals and hymns, folksongs, and popular or patriotic verses (e.g., ``Battle Hymn of the Republic,'' ``Home, Sweet Home!'' and Stephen Foster's lyrics), the present volume evokes an era when poetry was enjoyed more than studied, written out of the desire for self-expression rather than the need for tenure. Major poets like Dickinson and Whitman are amply represented, but the collection also allows readers to rediscover the graceful strength of Sarah Orne Jewett, Ella Wilcox's nearly modernist irony, the Goreyesque eccentricity of Ambrose Bierce, and president John Quincy Adams's way with ballad meter. Arrangement is chronological by poet's date of birth; the accompanying biographical sketches, a chronology, notes, and an essay on textual selection were not available for review. Though Hollander's selections will inspire much debate, this anthology is a necessary addition to most library shelves.-- Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940450783
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
Library of America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1050
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 8.15(h) x 1.29(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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