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American sympathy : men, friendship, and literature in the new nation

Author: Caleb Crain
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In an analysis that weaves together literary criticism and historical narrative, Crain describes the strong friendships between men that supported and inspired some of America's greatest writing - the Gothic novels of Charles Brockden Brown, the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the novels of Herman Melville. He traces the genealogy of these friendships through a series of stories. A dapper English spy inspires a  Read more...
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Named Person: Charles Brockden Brown; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Charles Brockden Brown; Ralph Waldo Emerson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caleb Crain
ISBN: 0300083327 9780300083323
OCLC Number: 45166603
Description: x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: In the pear grove : the romance of Leander, Lorenzo, and Castalio --
The decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown : sympathy in Brown's letters --
The transformation, the self devoted, and the dead recalled : sympathy in Brown's fiction --
The unacknowledged tie : young Emerson and the love of men --
Too good to be believed : Emerson's "Friendship" and the Samaritans --
The heart ruled out : Melville's Palinode.
Responsibility: Caleb Crain.

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An exploration of literature and friendship in early America. Weaving together literary criticism and historical narrative, the author describes the strong friendships between men that supported and  Read more...

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