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American Sympathy : Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation / Caleb Crain.

Author/Creator:
Crain, Caleb author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (320 p.) : 11 b/w illus.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
American literature -- 1783-1850 -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
Amitié masculine dans la littérature.
Amitié masculine -- Histoire -- États-Unis.
Hommes dans la littérature.
Littérature américaine -- Histoire et critique -- 1783-1850.
Littérature américaine -- Histoire et critique -- 19e siècle.
Littérature américaine -- Histoire et critique.
Male friendship in literature.
Male friendship -- History -- United States.
Male friendship -- United States -- History.
Men in literature.
Sympathie dans la littérature.
Sympathy in literature.
Écrits d'hommes américains -- Histoire et critique.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
"A friend in history," Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "looks like some premature soul." And in the history of friendship in early America, Caleb Crain sees the soul of the nation's literature.In a sensitive 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 Quaker boy to run away from home. Three Philadelphia gentlemen conduct a romance through diaries and letters in the 1780s. Flighty teenager Charles Brockden Brown metamorphoses into a horror novelist by treating his friends as his literary guinea pigs. Emerson exchanges glances with a Harvard classmate but sacrifices his crush on the altar of literature--a decision Margaret Fuller invites him to reconsider two decades later. Throughout this engaging book, Crain demonstrates the many ways in which the struggle to commit feelings to paper informed the shape and texture of American literature.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Ghost of André
1. In the Pear Grove: The Romance of Leander, Lorenzo, and Castalio
2. The Decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown: Sympathy in Brown's Letters
3. The Transformation, the Self Devoted, and the Dead Recalled: Sympathy in Brown's Fiction
4. The Unacknowledged Tie: Young Emerson and the Love of Men
5. Too Good to Be Believed: Emerson's ''Friendship'' and the Samaritans
6. The Heart Ruled Out: Melville's Palinode
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300133677
OCLC:
1024061623
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300133677 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.