Beginning with the first prose of the Virginia settlerswho were writing at the same time as Shakespearethis sweeping 1912 study traces the development of American literature from the colonial period and the revolution, through the nineteenth century. Cairns focuses on the influence of the abolitionists and transcendentalists, as well as that of the Southern, Western, New York, and Pennsylvania schools.
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About the Author
William B. Cairns (1867-1932) was assistant professor of American literature at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, which now houses a collection of women’s literature endowed by his estate. He wrote On the Development of American Literature from 1815 to 1833 (1898) and British Criticisms of American Writings, 1815-1833 (1922), and edited Selections from Early American Writers, 1607-1800.