Cover of: Beneath the American Renaissance | David S. Reynolds

About the Book

In this landmark work, the seven great writers of the American Renaissance--Emerson, Thoreau, Writman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson -- are examined together in their cultural contexts. David Reynolds reveals how these authors broadly assimilated the themes and images of popular culture. Their classic works -- among them Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, Leaves of Grass, Walden, and the tales of Poe -- are given strikingly original reading when viewed against the rich, often startling background of long neglected popular writings of the time. Reynolds also explores a whole lost world of sensational literature, including grisly novels, openly sold on the street, that combined intense violence with explicit eroticism. He demonstrates as well how common concerns with issues of religion, slavery, and workers' (as well as women's) rights resonate in the major writings. - Publisher.

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 569-604.
Includes index.

Other Titles
Subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and Melville.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
810/.9/003
Library of Congress
PS208 .R49 1988

The Physical Object

Pagination
x, 625 p., [16] p. of plates :
Number of pages
625

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2407126M
Internet Archive
beneathamericanr00reyn
ISBN 10
039454448X
LC Control Number
87040491
Library Thing
2772202
Goodreads
1135457
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