Backgrounds of Literature by Hamilton Wright Wright Mabie
Mabie talks about writers (except for Lorna Doone) with a look at their settings and how those environments played in their literature. The chapters are: The Lake Country and Wordsworth, Emerson and Concord, The Washington Irving Country, Weimar and Goethe, he Land of Lorna Doone, America in Whitman's Poetry, and The Land of Scott. Hamilton Wright Mabie was born in 1845 and died in 1916. He graduated from Williams College in 1867 and from the Columbia Law School in 1869. In 1879 he joined the editorial staff of the Christian Union, now the Outlook, and later became its associate editor. His essays and criticisms were pub1ished in many magazines and newspapers. Among his published works are Norse Stories Retold from the Eddas, Nature in New England, My Study Fire, Short Studies in Literature, "Under the Trees and Elsewhere," "Backgrounds of Literature," "Shakespeare, Poet, Dramatist, and Man," "Introductions to Notable Poems," Japan To-day and Tomorrow, and several books for children. Under the Carnegie Peace Foundation he went as Exchange Professor to Japan in the winter of 1912-1913. He received honorary degrees from Williams, Union, and several other colleges.