Elliott demonstrates how America's first men of lettersTimothy Dwight, Joel Barlow, Philip Freneau, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and Charles Brockden Brownsought to make individual genius in literature express the collective genius of the American people. Without literary precedent to aid them, Elliott argues, these writers attempted to convey a vision of what America ought to be; and when the moral imperatives implicit in their writings were rejected by the vast number of their countrymen they became pioneers of another sortthe first to experience the alienation from mainstream American culture that would become the fate of nearly all serious writers who would follow.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
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