Reading America: Essays on American Literature

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Knopf, 1987 - 320 pages
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The distinguished critic offers us his selection of his essays and commentaries on American writing and writers, from Emerson and Whitman through Auden and Ashbery. Donoghue examines the canon in the light of the American enterprise -- the imperatives of a powerful national past versus the subversions of an irrevocably anarchic spirit. The result is indispensable readinig for anyone hoping to inquire humanely into our national literature. -- Publisher's description.

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Donoghue focuses on key figures in American literature from Emerson to John Ashbery. He does not offer a comprehensive study, however. Instead, he has collected ten rather substantial essays and 17 ... Read full review

Contents

America in Theory
3
Emerson at First
20
Thoreau
40
Copyright

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Denis Donoghue is University Professor and Henry James Professor of English and American Letters at New York University.

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