The American Renaissance (Bloom's Period Studies) by Sheila Squillante, Harold Bloom, Henry W

By Sheila Squillante, Harold Bloom, Henry W

Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental writings prompted Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, whose works are thought of the cornerstones of the yankee literary circulation. This identify, the yankee Renaissance, a part of Chelsea residence Publishers' Bloom's interval reviews sequence, includes a collection of severe essays studying the writers and works that outlined the yank Renaissance. as well as a chronology of the real cultural, literary, and politcal occasions that formed this era, this article comprises an creation and editor's word written by means of Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.

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