Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810

Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810

by Emory Elliott

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Revolutionary Writers: Literature and Authority in the New Republic, 1725-1810 by Emory Elliott

Elliott demonstrates how America's first men of letters—Timothy Dwight, Joel Barlow, Philip Freneau, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, and Charles Brockden Brown—sought 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 sort—the first to experience the alienation from mainstream American culture that would become the fate of nearly all serious writers who would follow.

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ISBN-13: 9780195039955
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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University of California, Riverside

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