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The American Adam; innocence, tragedy, and tradition in the nineteenth century.

Author: R W B Lewis
Publisher: [Chicago] University of Chicago Press [1955]
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Lewis, R.W.B. (Richard Warrington Baldwin).
American Adam.
[Chicago] University of Chicago Press [1955]
(OCoLC)569974130
Named Person: James Fenimore Cooper; Oliver Wendell Holmes; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Walt Whitman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R W B Lewis
OCLC Number: 235058
Notes: Issued also in microfilm form as thesis, University of Chicago.
Description: ix, 204 pages 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: the myth and the dialogue --
The danger of innocence --
The case against the past --
The new Adam: Holmes and Whitman --
The fortunate fall: the elder James and Horace Bushnell --
The narrative image --
The fable of the critics --
The hero in space: Brown, Cooper, Bird --
The return into time: Hawthorne --
Melville: the apotheosis of Adam --
The past and the perfect --
The function of history: Bancroft and Parkman --
The real presence: Parker and Brownson --
Epilogue: the contemporary situation --
Adam as hero in the age of containment.

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