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Reading the roots : American nature writing before Walden

Author: Michael P Branch
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Reading the Roots is an unprecedented anthology of outstanding early writings about American nature--a rich, influential, yet critically underappreciated body of work. Rather than begin with Henry David Thoreau, who is often identified as the progenitor of American nature writing, editor Michael P. Branch instead surveys the long tradition that prefigures and anticipates Thoreau and his literary descendants. The  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Anthologies (form)
Belles-lettres (texts)
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael P Branch
ISBN: 0820325473 9780820325477 0820325481 9780820325484
OCLC Number: 52819787
Description: xxxi, 408 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Christopher Columbus --
Amerigo Vespucci --
Pietro Martire d'Anghiera --
Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés --
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca --
Pedro de Castañeda de Nájera --
Jean Ribaut --
Thomas Hariot --
John Smith --
William Wood --
Thomas Morton --
Anne Bradstreet --
John Josselyn --
Jasper Danckaerts --
Louis Hennepin --
Sarah Kemble Knight --
Robert Beverley --
John Lawson --
Cotton Mather --
Jonathan Edwards --
Paul Dudley --
Mark Catesby --
Eliza Lucas Pinckney --
Peter Kalm --
Benjamin Franklin --
John Winthrop --
Pedro Font --
J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur --
John Ferdinand Dalziel Smyth --
Thomas Jefferson --
William Bartram --
James Smith --
Charles Willson Peale --
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark --
Alexander Wilson --
John Bradbury --
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft --
Timothy Dwight --
Edwin James --
Solomon Bayley --
Timothy Flint --
Anne Newport Royall --
Franc̜ois-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand --
John James Audubon --
Ralph Waldo Emerson --
John D. Godman --
Washington Irving --
Thomas Cole --
Harriet Martineau --
Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (Bame-wa-was-ge-zhik-a-quay) (Ojibwa) and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft --
John Kirk Townsend --
Nicolas Point --
George Catlin --
Lucy Hooper --
Nathaniel Hawthorne --
William Cullen Bryant --
Margaret Fuller --
John C. Frémont and Jessie Benton Frémont --
George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh) (Ojibwa) --
Henry David Thoreau --
Susan Fenimore Cooper --
Howard Stansbury --
Fredrika Bremer.
Responsibility: edited by Michael P. Branch.
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