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In American Trajectories Warner Berthoff argues that even in the broadest cultural and historical perspective, imaginative literature (like all the arts) is a matter of individual signatures and differences. He also puts forth that there are recognizable patterns and continuities marking off what is distinctively American, what both reflects and speaks for a shared national experience. Discussions of Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain, Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, and Edmund Wilson focus on the provenance and central character of writing by mainstream figures in our literary past. The essays on Brockden Brown, Nathan Asch, O. Henry, Frank O'Hara, Lewis Mumford, and Van Wyck Brooks highlight marginal, neglected, forgotten, or not yet fully acknowledged contributors to American writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Further Titles, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Part I
  1. 1. Continuity in Discontinuity: Literature in the American Situation
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. Part II
  1. 2. “The People’s Author”: Attempting to Find Mr. Mark Twain
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. 3. Emily Dickinson: The Community of the Poem
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. 4. Adventures of the Young Man: Brockden Brown’s Arthur Melvyn
  2. pp. 53-68
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  1. 5. The Scandal of Kate Chopin
  2. pp. 69-80
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  1. 6. O. Henry: His Life and Afterlife
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. 7. Modern Instances: Brooks, Mumford, Dreiser
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 8. “The Flight of the Rocket” and “The Last Good Country”: Fitzgerald and Hemingway in the 1920s, and After
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. 9. Pay Day: The Case of Nathan Asch
  2. pp. 117-134
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  1. 10. “Everything Is All Right and Difficult”: The Poems of Frank O’Hara
  2. pp. 135-144
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  1. 11. Life “Upstate”: Edmund Wilson’s American Memoir
  2. pp. 145-154
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  1. Part III
  1. 12. Culture and Consciousness, 1860–1915: The Onset of the Modern
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. Permissions
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-186
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271076782
Print ISBN
9780271010519
MARC Record
OCLC
966766446
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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