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The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865; Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the beginnings of American literature (Makers and Finders #1)

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The Flowering of New England, 1815-1865; Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the beginnings of American literature [Paperback]
Paperback, 550 pages
Published April 24th 1981 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1936)
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Nicholas Whyte
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explaining how New England in the early nineteenth century saw an extraordinary outburst of literary talent, which he attributes in part to the region developing its intellectual resources through Harvard and proximity to Europe, while at the same time it became increasingly politically and economically sidelined as the continent opened up, benefiting New York and points south. (This then of course doesn't explain why the era of literary excellence ended
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Robert
This is a lovely book for a Newenglandphile like me. The literary and cultural florescence of a region. I recall finishing it many months ago, and am only now remembering to write a brief review. I recall a series of chapters of mixed quality, but a consistent tone and writing voice that made me feel half a century younger. And at my age, this is a good thing indeed.
Alastair
Smooth, literate cultural history of Boston & surroundings in the nineteenth century. Generalizes, sometimes passes judgement — old school history, basically. (Somebody's wife 'was a nag'.) But enjoyable through hundreds of pages. Non-fiction for people who like nineteenth century novels in English.
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Van Wyck Brooks was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on February 16, 1886. His parents, Sally and Charles Brooks were well off, and as a result Van Wyck was able to get a good primary education. Van Wyck eventually ended up in Harvard University, from where he graduated in 1908.

Van Wyck Brooks became well known through his work as a literary critic, although he generally is not considered an author
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