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History of American Literature

History of American Literature

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By Reuben Halleck
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HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATUREBY REUBEN POST HALLECK, M.A. (YALE)AUTHOR OF "HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE"[Illustration: THE RETURN OF RIP VAN WINKLE]PREFACEThe wide use of the author's _History of English Literature_, the favorwith which it has been received in all parts of the United States, and thenumber of earnest requests for a _History of American Literature_ on thesame plan, have led to the writing of this book. It has not appeared soonerbecause the author has followed his rule of making a careful first-handstudy, not only of all the matter discussed, but also of a far greateramount, which, although it must be omitted from a condensed textbook, is,nevertheless, necessary as a background for judgment and selection.The following chapters describe the greatest achievements in Americanliterature from the earliest times until the present. Many pupils fail toobtain a clear idea of great American authors and literary movementsbecause textbook writers and teachers ignore the element of truth in theold adage, "The half is greater than the whole," and dwell too much onminor authors and details, which could reasonably be expected to interestonly a specialist. In the following pages especial attention has been paid,not only to the individual work of great authors, but also to literarymovements, ideals, and animating principles, and to the relation of allthese to English literature.The author has further aimed to make this work both interesting andsuggestive. He has endeavored to present the subject in a way thatnecessitates the comparison of authors and movements, and leads tostimulating thinking. He has tried to communicate enough of the spirit ofour literature to make students eager for a first-hand acquaintance withit, to cause them to investigate for themselves this remarkable Americanrecord of spirituality, initiative, and democratic accomplishment. As aguide to such study, there have been placed at the end of each chapter _Suggested Readings_ and still further hints, called _Questions and
 
Suggestions_. In _A Glance Backward_, the author emphasizes in briefcompass the most important truths that American literature teaches, truthsthat have resulted in raising the ideals of Americans and in arousing themto greater activity.Any one who makes an original study of American literature will not be amere apologist for it. He will marvel at the greatness of the morallesson, at the fidelity of the presentation of the thought which hasmolded this nation, and at the peculiar aptness which its great authorshave displayed in ministering to the special needs and aspirations ofAmericans. He will realize that the youth who stops with the indispensablestudy of English literature is not prepared for American citizenship,because our literature is needed to present the ideals of American life.There may be greater literatures, but none of them can possibly take theplace of ours for citizens of this democracy.The moral element, the most impressive quality in American literature, iscontinuous from the earliest colonial days until the present. Teachersshould be careful not to obscure this quality. As the English scientist,John Tyndall, has shown in the case of Emerson, this moral stimulus iscapable of adding immeasurably to the achievement of the young.The temptation to slight the colonial period should be resisted. It hastoo often been the fashion to ask, Why should the student not begin thestudy of American literature with Washington Irving, the first authorread for pure pleasure? The answer is that the student would not thencomprehend the stages of growth of the new world ideals, that he wouldnot view our later literature through the proper atmosphere, and that hewould lack certain elements necessary for a sympathetic comprehension ofthe subject.The seven years employed in the preparation of this work would have beeninsufficient, had not the author been assisted by his wife, to whom he isindebted not only for invaluable criticism but also for the directauthorship of some of the best matter in this book.R. P. H.CONTENTS
 
CHAPTER ICOLONIAL LITERATURECHAPTER IITHE EMERGENCE OF A NATIONCHAPTER IIITHE NEW YORK GROUPCHAPTER IVTHE NEW ENGLAND GROUPCHAPTER VSOUTHERN LITERATURECHAPTER VIWESTERN LITERATURECHAPTER VIITHE EASTERN REALISTSA GLANCE BACKWARD* * * * *SUPPLEMENTARY LIST OF AUTHORS AND THEIR CHIEF WORKSINDEX[Transcriber's note:Index not included in this electronic version.]HISTORY OF AMERICAN LITERATURECHAPTER I

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