The Air-Line to Seattle

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University of Chicago Press, 1984 - 238 pages
In this controversial, wide-ranging, and fearlessly candid book, Kenneth S. Lynn argues that too many of our current commentators on the American past are out of touch with historical reality. His targets range from the currently fashionable but fantastic idea that the Declaration of Independence derives from a communitarian rather than individualistic philosophy to misinterpretations of the lives of Emerson, Walter Lippmann, Hemingway, and Max Perkins. In each case Lynn reveals the tendency of literary and intellectual historians to impose precooked formulas upon the evidence they profess to study.
 

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Contents

Prologue The AirLine to Seattle
1
Falsifying Jefferson
9
Emerson the Man
23
Speaking for Whitman
33
Welcome Back from the Raft Huck Honey
40
The Masterpiece That Became a Hoax
50
The Rebels of Greenwich Village
60
The Strange Unhappy Life of Max Perkins
93
More Facts
132
Only Yesterday
140
The First Ladys Lady Friend
152
Malcolm Cowley Forgets
163
Versions of Walter Lippmann
172
The Regressive Historians
185
Self and Society
212
Index
219

Hemingways Private War
108

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About the author (1984)

Kenneth S. Lynn is professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

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