Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857-1925

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A record of Atlantic Monthly authors reads like a Who's Who of American literature. The magazine's stable of contributors included Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Henry Adams, Frank Norris, Jack London, Henry James, Owen Wister, Robert Frost, and many others.

In Republic of Words, Susan Goodman brilliantly captures this emerging culture of arts, ideas, science, and literature of ...

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Overview

A record of Atlantic Monthly authors reads like a Who's Who of American literature. The magazine's stable of contributors included Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Henry Adams, Frank Norris, Jack London, Henry James, Owen Wister, Robert Frost, and many others.

In Republic of Words, Susan Goodman brilliantly captures this emerging culture of arts, ideas, science, and literature of an America in its adolescence, as filtered through the intersecting lives and words of the best and brightest writers of the day. Through this lens, Goodman examines the life of the magazine from its emergence in 1857 through the 1920s.

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Goodman (English, Univ. of Delaware; Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners) offers a vivid picture of mid-19th- and early 20th-century life as interpreted through the erudite pages of the Atlantic Monthly. Founded in Boston in 1857 by a group that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, the magazine continues to publish today. Goodman approaches her subject through the lens of the writers who contributed to it—a veritable who's who that includes Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, Jack London, Henry James, and Robert Frost. Striving to be a magazine of ideas rather than news, the periodical shed light on the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, the competing views of evolution between Louis Agassiz and Charles Darwin, the struggles for leadership in the African American community between W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, and World War I and its aftermath. VERDICT Recommended for academic collections covering American studies and historical periodical literature from both sides of the Atlantic, this will also appeal to anyone interested in the history, culture, and politics of the era.—Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
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“Taking her cue from editors such as William Dean Howells, who ‘knew that books lived as much on author’s personalities as on their contents’, Goodman’s own book, with its Dickensian array of characters, stands out amid drier studies of the same milieu.”—Times Literary Supplement

“Goodman delivers an admirably concise but textured examination of one of the nation’s leading intellectual magazines. . . . Melding textual analyses with biographical and historical background, the author provides something of a microcosmic look at the writing of an astonishing number of literary luminaries who graced the publication’s pages. . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584659853
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN GOODMAN is a professor of English and the H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities at the University of Delaware. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of grants from the NEH and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the author of six previous books, including biographies of Edith Wharton and William Dean Howells.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Beginnings
Forging Traditions: James Russell Lowell
John Brown’s War
The Battle of the Hundred Pine: Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Dueling Visions: Louis Agassiz and Asa Gray
Reconstructions: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and Jr.
James and Annie Fields: The Business of Hospitality
Harriet Beecher Stowe Tests the Magazine
Battle of the Books
Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, and a Changing Magazine
William Dean Howells: Democracy at Work
John Greenleaf Whittier’s Seventieth Birthday
Bret Harte to the Lions
Straddling the Atlantic: Henry James
Clarence King, Scholar-Adventurer
The Gilded Eighties
Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Guardian at the Gate
In the Wake of Louis Agassiz
A Magazine in Decline and Ascension
From the Far East to Mars: Lafcadio Hearn and Percival Lowell
Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
Progressive Politics under Walter Hines Page
From Sea to Shining Sea
A State of Uncertainty
Ellery Sedgwick: Politics and Poets
A Window on the War: Atlantic Writers and World War I
America’s War
The Turbulent Twenties, I
The Turbulent Twenties, II
Across the Decades
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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