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By Jack London

The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the main very important and unique personality Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco, this can be the tale of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, desires of schooling and literary popularity. London, disappointed with the rewards of his personal good fortune, meant Martin Eden as an assault on individualism and a feedback of ambition; despite the fact that, a lot of its prestige as a vintage has been conferred via admirers of its bold protagonist. Andrew Sinclair's wide-ranging advent discusses the clash among London's aid of socialism and his robust self-will. Sinclair additionally explores the parallels and divergences among the lifetime of Martin Eden and that of his writer, concentrating on London's psychological depressions and the way they affected his depiction of Eden.

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For instance, Trumbull, whose McFingal was their most enduring poem, was the literary mentor of the first Connecticut Romantics, James A. "31 Sigourney and Hillhouse, in turn, from their estates in Hartford and New Haven, patronized younger poets of greater ability, like James Gates Percival and John Greenleaf Whittier. For a time, then, it seemed that Connecticut might produce a third generation of poets to maintain the state's traditional preeminence. Hill- 34 FOUR OVERVIEWS house, Percival, Sigourney, and John G.

Another was the traditional New England respect for learning. Another was Harvard College itself. Understaffed, underequipped, and unsophisticated though it was in contrast to Gottingen, Harvard was the region's chief literary breeding ground, attended by more than one-third of all male New England writers of consequence between the Revolution and the Civil War. 46 A less tangible but even more pervasive background factor was the ethos of liberal, Arminian Congregationalism, whose growth, concurrent with the intensification of evangelical orthodoxy during the Second Awakening (which began in the 1790s), provoked the Unitarian schism of 1815.

In the same spirit is my treatment of the structure of the literary profession, in Chapters 2 and 3, and in the Appendix, which not only concede but THEORETICAL PREMISES 19 proclaim that New England's literary development was influenced by socioeconomic givens. Emerson could not have become a prophet of cosmic optimism unless the role had paid well enough; it paid well enough because enough Americans were attuned to a gospel of moderate progressivism; and they were attuned to that gospel in large part because of the nation's remarkable economic growth, of which the rise of a fullblown literary industry was a conspicuous example.

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