The Complete Stories of William Cullen Bryant

The Complete Stories of William Cullen Bryant

Hardback Published on: 05/06/2014
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Synopsis

William Cullen Bryant wrote short stories? Indeed he did, and this volume collects and evaluates them for the first time.

During the seven years before the 1832 British publication of Poems firmly established his reputation as a poet in the U.S., Bryan became a key figure in New York City's circle of fiction writers. His tales compare favorably with those of his contemporary Washington Irving, and his varied experiments in a new genre anticipate future developments by half a century and more.

Gado's previous book presented Bryant as a major exponent of American literary nationalism and the prime antecedent of Whitman and Frost; here, he retrieves a body of short fiction from the fringe of oblivion and both shines a light on the neglected decade preceding Poe and Hawthorne and examines Bryant's tales as part of that history.

"Frank Gado's first-rate selection of William Cullen Bryant's poetry and prose and his persuasive essays on Bryant's contribution to American prosody and culture restore [him] to his rightful place in American literary history as the philosophical poet too long overlooked. An essential volume."

-Brenda Wineapple, White Heat and Ecstatic Nation

  • Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
  • ISBN: 9781611685688
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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