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Gifts of Genius: A Miscellany of Prose and Poetry by American Authors - A Tapestry of American Literary Achievement in the 19th Century - cover

Gifts of Genius: A Miscellany of Prose and Poetry by American Authors - A Tapestry of American Literary Achievement in the 19th Century

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Esten Cooke, Bayard Taylor, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, George William Curtis, Julia Ward Howe, Samuel Osgood, Thomas Read, George P. Marsh, Henry W. Bellows, Roswell D. Hitchcock, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, William Allen Butler, Alice B. Haven, George S. Hillard, William H. Burleigh, Edward S. Gould, Francis Williams, Caroline M. Kirkland

Publisher: Good Press

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Gifts of Genius: A Miscellany of Prose and Poetry by American Authors curates a rich tapestry of American literary achievement, spanning a diverse array of themes, styles, and historical moments. This collection showcases the depth and breadth of American literary culture in the 19th century, incorporating the romanticism of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the nuanced storytelling of John Esten Cooke, and the passionate advocacy of Julia Ward Howe, among others. Each piece, whether poetry or prose, serves as a testament to the creative spirit and the varied landscapesboth physical and intellectualthat shaped American thought and expression during this period. The anthology stands out for its ability to weave together voices from different corners of American literature into a cohesive, enlightening narrative. The contributing authors, a veritable whos who of 19th-century American letters, bring a wealth of perspectives to the collection. From the pioneering environmentalism of George P. Marsh to the daring feminist poetics of Lydia Huntley Sigourney, this anthology spans a broad spectrum of ideational and cultural movements that have been instrumental in shaping the canon of American literature. Their collective works not only reflect the rich tapestry of Americas past but also provide invaluable insights into the sociopolitical and cultural currents of their time. Gifts of Genius is an essential read for anyone interested in the evolution of American literature and the complex interplay of culture, history, and identity it reveals. The anthology offers readers a unique opportunity to explore a multiplicity of voices and styles, fostering a deeper understanding of the American literary tradition. It invites a scholarly audience to delve into its pages, promising a journey through the highs and lows of the American spirit, captured in the written word. For educators, students, and literature aficionados alike, this collection represents an unrivaled exploration of 19th-century American thoughts, dreams, and aspirations, encouraging a renewed appreciation for the legacy of its literary geniuses.
Available since: 08/22/2023.
Print length: 121 pages.

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