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Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth

Author: Henry Nash Smith
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [1970]. ©1950
Series: ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The spell that the West has always exercised on the American people had its most intense impact on American literature and thought during the nineteenth century. Smith shows, with vast comprehension,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
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: ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Responsibility: Henry Nash Smith.

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