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Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth

Author: Henry Nash Smith
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1970, ©1950.
Series: A Harvard paperback, HP 21
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the significance and impact of the nineteenth-century Westward movement on American literature. Bibliogs.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Smith, Henry Nash.
Virgin land.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1970, ©1950
(OCoLC)13181594
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Nash Smith
ISBN: 9780674939554 0674939557
OCLC Number: 54643815
Notes: "Reissued with a new preface, 1970."
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 305 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Prologue: Eighteenth-century origins --
Book One: Passage to India --
A highway to the Pacific: Thomas Jefferson and the far West --
Passage to India: Thomas Hart Benton and Asa Whitney --
The untransacted destiny: William Gilpin --
Walt Whitman and Manifest Destiny --
Book Two: The sons of Leatherstocking --
Daniel Boone: empire builder or philosopher of primitivism? --
Leatherstocking and the problem of social order --
The innocence and wildness of nature: Charles W. Webber and others --
The mountain man as western hero: Kit Carson --
The western hero in the dime novel: from Seth Jones to Deadwood Dick --
Buffalo Bill and Buck Taylor --
The dime novel heroine --
Book Three: The garden of the world --
The garden of the world and American agrarianism --
The yeoman and the fee-simple empire --
The south and the myth of the garden --
The new calculus of western energies --
The agrarian utopia in politics: the Homestead Act --
The garden and the desert --
The empire redivivus --
Failure of the agrarian utopia --
The myth of the garden and reform of the land system --
The garden as safety valve --
The agricultural west in literature: I. Cooper and the stages of society --
II. From Caroline Kirkland to Hamlin Garland --
The myth of the garden and Turner's frontier hypothesis.
Series Title: A Harvard paperback, HP 21
Responsibility: Henry Nash Smith.

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