Writers of the American Renaissance

An A-to-Z Guide

Author: Denise D. Knight

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313321405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 458

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A-Z entries detail the lives, works, and critical reception of more than 70 American writers of the 19th century.
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Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900

Author: Elizabeth Renker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019880878X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The terms 'poetry' and 'realism' have a complex and often oppositional relationship in American literary histories of the postbellum period. The core narrative holds that 'realism', the major literary 'movement' of the era, developed apace in prose fiction, while poetry, stuck in a hopelessly idealist late-Romantic mode, languished and stagnated. Poetry is almost entirely absent from scholarship on American literary realism except as the emblem of realism's opposite: a desiccated genteel 'twilight of the poets.' Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900 refutes the familiar narrative of postbellum poetics as a scene of failure, and it recovers the active and variegated practices of a diverse array of realist poets across print culture. The triumph of the twilight tale in the twentieth century obscured, minimized, and flattened the many poetic discourses of the age, including but not limited to a significant body of realist poems currently missing from US literary histories. Excavating an extensive archive of realist poems, the volume offers a significant revision to the genre-exclusive story of realism and, by extension, to the very foundations of postbellum American literary history dating back to the earliest stages of the discipline.
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The United States Discovers Panama

The Writings of Soldiers, Scholars, Scientists, and Scoundrels, 1850-1905

Author: Michael J. LaRosa,Germán Mejía P.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742527220

Category: History

Page: 311

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Marking the centennial of Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903, this volume reprises U.S. images of the isthmus a century ago. The editors have collected a fascinating selection of articles from two of the most influential publications of the era, Harper's Monthly Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly, to illustrate the prejudices and expansionistic rhetoric of the time. An eclectic mix of adventure-seekers, naturalists, and scholars all helped a reading public in the United States "discover" Panama. Their writings show how Americans came to believe control of the isthmus was vital to their economic and political wellbeing. Constituting critically important primary sources, these articles will help readers think more critically and carefully about U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing legacy in U.S.-Latin American relations.
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Southern Queen

New Orleans in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Thomas Ruys Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441158227

Category: History

Page: 256

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New Orleans occupies a singular position within American life. Drawing deeply from Old World traditions and New World possibilities, the port city of the Mississippi has proved a lure to an extraordinary variety of travellers from its very earliest days. New Orleans has always been a world city like no other: it combines the magnolia and moonlight appeal of Southern romanticism, a popular sense of exoticism and decadence, the hint of illicit sex, and a cultural history without compare. However, alongside the glamour there runs another story - of tension, conflict, hardship and destruction. It was in the nineteenth century that the city's most distinctive characteristics were forged, and chapters will be based around signal moments that reveal the city's essential qualities: the Battle of New Orleans in 1815; the World's Fair in 1884; the establishment of Storyville in 1897. Whilst painting a portrait of the public face of New Orleans, the book will look behind the carnival mask to explore aspects of the city's history which have so often been kept hidden from view.
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Complete Poems

Author: Edgar Allan Poe,Thomas Ollive Mabbott

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252069215

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 627

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"Although best known for his tales, Edgar Allan Poe himself thirsted for fame primarily as a poet. This volume, assembled by the eminent Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott, is the single most authoritative edition of Poe's poems ever published: 101 poems and their variants, including such gems as ""The Raven,"" ""The Bells,"" and ""Annabel Lee,"" as well as previously uncollected poems, fragments, verses he published in reviews he wrote, and poems attributed to him.In this exhaustive collection, Mabbott takes a fresh look at these texts, aiming ""to present what [Poe] wrote, to explain why he wrote it, to tell what he meant when he wrote it (if that be in any way obscure), and to give a history of its publication."" Containing the definitive poems as well as pertinent biographical background, full annotations, and a meticulous enumeration of successive texts and variants, Mabbott's edition stands as a firm foundation for Poe scholarship as well as for more general appreciation."
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