The Oxford Book of American Essays

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The Oxford Book of American Essays is an anthology of essays and articles by prominent and significant American writers and essayists. Content: The Ephemera: an Emblem of Human Life (Benjamin Franklin) The Whistle (Benjamin Franklin) Dialogue Between Franklin and the Gout (Benjamin Franklin) Consolation for the Old Bachelor (Francis Hopkinson) John Bull (Washington Irving) The Mutability of Literature (Washington Irving) Kean's Acting (Richard Henry Dana) Gifts (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Uses of Great Men (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Buds and Bird-voices (Nathaniel Hawthorne) The Philosophy of Composition (Edgar Allan Poe) Bread and the Newspaper (Oliver Wendell Holmes) Walking (Henry David Thoreau) On a Certain Condescension in Foreigners (James Russell Lowell) Preface To "Leaves of Grass" (Walt Whitman) Americanism in Literature (Thomas Wentworth Higginson) Thackeray in America (George William Curtis) Our March To Washington (Theodore Winthrop) Calvin (A Study of Character) (Charles Dudley Warner) Five American Contributions To Civilization (Charles William Eliot) I Talk of Dreams (William Dean Howells) An Idyl of the Honey-bee (John Burroughs) Cut-off Copples's (Clarence King) The Théâtre Français (Henry James) Theocritus on Cape Cod (Hamilton Wright Mabie) Colonialism in the United States (Henry Cabot Lodge) New York After Paris (William Crary Brownell) The Tyranny of Things (Edward Sandford Martin) Free Trade Vs. Protection in Literature (Samuel McChord Crothers) Dante and the Bowery (Theodore Roosevelt) The Revolt of the Unfit (Nicholas Murray Butler) On Translating the Odes of Horace (William Peterfield Trent)


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Walt Whitman (1819–1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, often regarded as one of the most influential writers of the nineteenth century and a father of free verse. His work broke the boundaries of poetic form and is characterized by its celebration of democracy, nature, love, and the human spirit. Whitman's seminal work, 'Leaves of Grass' initial publication in 1855, with its radical departure from traditional European forms and structures, heralded a new era in American poetry. While 'The Oxford Book of American Essays' is a collection to which Whitman contributed, it is 'Leaves of Grass' that remains his enduring legacy, capturing the optimistic and transgressive spirit of pre-Civil War America. Whitman continued to edit, revise, and enlarge this collection throughout his life, which demonstrates his dedication to evolving his art in conversation with the changing face of America. Whitman's prose work, like his patently styled "Specimen Days," also showcases his adventurous outlook in literature and his contributions to American essay writing. Reflecting his diverse range of interests, Whitman wrote on topics from the Civil War to nature, giving voice to the grand tapestry of American experience. His literary style, pioneering the use of free verse, focusing on the cadences of natural speech, and the idea of the self, both distinct and connected to the larger democratic tapestry, has inspired generations of poets and writers.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 414 Pages

Filesize: 697.4 KB

ISBN: 8596547732761

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