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Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide

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The American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, and our notions of the 19th-century renaissance have been reevaluated. Mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect the expanding literary canon, yet resources for readers have remained widely scattered. This book expands earlier definitions of the 19th-century American Renaissance as represented by canonical writers such as Emerson and Poe, covering writers who published popular fiction and dominated the literary marketplace...

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Overview

The American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, and our notions of the 19th-century renaissance have been reevaluated. Mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect the expanding literary canon, yet resources for readers have remained widely scattered. This book expands earlier definitions of the 19th-century American Renaissance as represented by canonical writers such as Emerson and Poe, covering writers who published popular fiction and dominated the literary marketplace of the day. Included is generous coverage of women writers and writers of color.

The volume provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 writers of the period, including Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and many more.

Each entry was written by an expert contributor and includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a survey of the writer's critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313321405
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

DENISE D. KNIGHT is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at the State University of New York, Cortland. She is the author of several books, including Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide Greenwood, 2003, Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction 1997, and Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook Greenwood, 1997, and coauthor of Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook Greenwood, 1993.

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Table of Contents

Amos Bronson Alcott 1799-1888 1
Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888 7
William Apess 1798-1839 15
Robert Montgomery Bird 1806-1854 19
William Wells Brown 1814?-1884 24
William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878 30
Alice Cary 1820-1871 38
Phoebe Cary 1824-1871 43
William Ellery Channing 1780-1842 46
Caroline Chesebro' 1825-1873 51
Lydia Maria Child 1802-1880 56
James Fenimore Cooper 1789-1851 64
Christopher Pearse Cranch 1813-1892 72
Maria Susanna Cummins 1827-1866 77
Rebecca Harding Davis 1831-1910 81
Martin Robison Delany 1812-1885 87
Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 91
Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 101
Emma Catherine Embury 1806-1863 109
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 113
Fanny Fern [Sara Willis Parton] 1811-1872 124
Margaret Fuller 1810-1850 130
William Lloyd Garrison 1805-1879 138
Caroline Howard Gilman 1794-1888 142
Grace Greenwood [Sara Jane Clarke Lippincott] 1823-1904 147
Angelina Grimke 1805-1879 151
Charlotte L. Forten Grimke 1837-1914 156
Sarah Grimke 1792-1873 161
Sarah Josepha Hale 1788-1879 165
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1825-1911 170
George Washington Harris 1814-1869 176
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864 180
Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz 1800-1856 193
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894 197
Ellen Sturgis Hoopoer 1812-1848 203
Julia Ward Howe 1819-1910 206
Washington Irving 1783-1859 210
Harriet Ann Jacobs c. 1813-1897 218
Sylvester Judd 1813-1853 223
Caroline M. Kirkland 1801-1864 227
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 235
George Lippard 1822-1854 240
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882 244
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet 1790-1870 251
James Russell Lowell 1819-1891 256
Maria Jane McIntosh 1803-1878 263
Herman Melville 1819-1891 267
Elizabeth Oakes Smith 1806-1893 277
Frances Sargent Locke Osgood 1811-1850 282
Theodore Parker 1810-1860 287
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 1815-1852 292
Edgar Allen Poe 1809-1849 300
James Redpath 1833-1891 308
John Rollin Ridge 1827-1867 312
Catharine Maria Sedgwick 1789-1867 316
Lydia Huntley Sigourney 1791-1865 324
William Gilmore Simms 1806-1870 329
Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1815-1902 335
Maria W. Stewart 1803-1879 340
Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896 345
Bayard Taylor 1825-1878 353
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 357
Thomas Bangs Thorpe 1815-1878 367
Henry Timrod 1828-1867 372
Sojourner Truth c. 1797?-1883 376
Jones Very 1813-1880 380
Susan Warner 1819-1885 384
Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher 1812?-1852 392
Jams Monroe Whitfield 1822-1871 396
Sarah Helen Whitman 1803-1878 400
Walt Whitman 1819-1892 404
John Greenleaf Whittier 1807-1892 415
Nathaniel Parker Willis 1806-1867 422
Harriet E. Wilson 1827?-1863? 427
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