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A History of the American Literature

A History of the American Literature

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History of American Literature
Reuben Post Halleck
Table of Contents
History of American Literature.........................................................................................................................1

Reuben Post Halleck................................................................................................................................1 PREFACE................................................................................................................................................1 CHAPTER I. COLONIAL LITERATURE.............................................................................................2 CHAPTER II. THE EMERGENCE OF A NATION............................................................................29 CHAPTER III. THE NEW YORK GROUP..........................................................................................49 CHAPTER IV. THE NEW ENGLAND GROUP.................................................................................69 CHAPTER V. SOUTHERN LITERATURE......................................................................................132 CHAPTER VI. WESTERN LITERATURE........................................................................................158 CHAPTER VII. THE EASTERN REALISTS....................................................................................171 SUPPLEMENTARY LIST OF AUTHORS AND THEIR CHIEF WORKS....................................187

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History of American Literature
Reuben Post Halleck
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\u2022PREFACE
\u2022CHAPTER I. COLONIAL LITERATURE
\u2022CHAPTER II. THE EMERGENCE OF A NATION
\u2022CHAPTER III. THE NEW YORK GROUP
\u2022CHAPTER IV. THE NEW ENGLAND GROUP
\u2022CHAPTER V. SOUTHERN LITERATURE
\u2022CHAPTER VI. WESTERN LITERATURE
\u2022CHAPTER VII. THE EASTERN REALISTS
\u2022SUPPLEMENTARY LIST OF AUTHORS AND THEIR CHIEF WORKS

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PREFACE

The wide use of the author's History of English Literature, the favor with which it has been received in all parts of the United States, and the number of earnest requests for a History of American Literature on the same plan, have led to the writing of this book. It has not appeared sooner because the author has followed his rule of making a careful first\u2212hand study, not only of all the matter discussed, but also of a far greater amount, 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 American literature from the earliest times until
the present. Many pupils fail to obtain a clear idea of great American authors and literary movements because
textbook writers and teachers ignore the element of truth in the old adage, \u201cThe half is greater than the
whole,\u201d and dwell too much on minor authors and details, which could reasonably be expected to interest
only a specialist. In the following pages especial attention has been paid, not only to the individual work of
great authors, but also to literary movements, ideals, and animating principles, and to the relation of all these
to English literature.

The author has further aimed to make this work both interesting and suggestive. He has endeavored to present
the subject in a way that necessitates the comparison of authors and movements, and leads to stimulating
thinking. He has tried to communicate enough of the spirit of our literature to make students eager for a
first\u2212hand acquaintance with it, to cause them to investigate for themselves this remarkable American record
of spirituality, initiative, and democratic accomplishment. As a guide to such study, there have been placed at
the end of each chapter Suggested Readings and still further hints, called Questions and Suggestions. InA

Glance Backward, the author emphasizes in brief compass the most important truths that American literature
teaches, truths that have resulted in raising the ideals of Americans and in arousing them to greater activity.
Any one who makes an original study of American literature will not be a mere apologist for it. He will
marvel at the greatness of the moral lesson, at the fidelity of the presentation of the thought which has molded
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