By Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau's Journal was his life's paintings: the day-by-day perform of writing that followed his day-by-day walks, the workshop the place he constructed his books and essays, and a undertaking in its personal right-one of the main in depth explorations ever made from the typical setting, the revolving seasons, and the altering self. it's a treasure trove of a few of the best prose in English and, for these accustomed to it, its prismatic pages workout a hypnotic fascination. but at approximately seven thousand pages, or million phrases, it is still Thoreau's least-known work.
This reader's variation, the biggest one-volume variation of Thoreau's Journal ever released, is the 1st to trap the scope, rhythms, and diversity of the paintings as an entire. Ranging freely over the area at huge, the magazine is not any much less dedicated to the existence inside. As Thoreau says, "It is in useless to put in writing at the seasons except you might have the seasons in you."
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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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