Elizabeth Hewitt argues that many canonical American authors, including Jefferson, Emerson, Melville, Dickinson and Whitman, turned to letter-writing as an idealized genre through which to consider the challenges of American democracy before the Civil War. Hewitt maintains that, although correspondence is generally only conceived as a biographical archive, it must instead be understood as a significant genre through which these early authors made sense of social and political relations in the new nation.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #146|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth Hewitt is Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University.
Table of Contents
Preface: universal letter writers; 1. National letters; 2. Emerson and Fuller's phenomenal letters; 3. Melville's dead letters; 4. Jacobs's letters from nowhere; 5. Dickinson's lyrical letters; Conclusion: Whitman's universal letters.