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Major Writers of Early American Literature
Edited by Everett Emerson

Major Writers of Early American Literature provides a fresh appraisal of the most important authors of seventeenth and eighteenth century America. Although knowledge of early American literature has been greatly widened and deepened in recent years, the standard study of this literature is nearly a hundred years old. It is time for a new study, which will take into account the modern reader as well as such recent findings as the discovery only a generation ago of America’s best early poet.

“An outstanding collection of original critical essays by distinguished specialists, this book is both a chronological survey of nearly 200 years of American literature and an exciting reappraisal of the major figures of that period. . . . Indispensable for undergraduate and graduate collections, the book makes solid, documented claims for our early writers while resisting the temptation to overpraise and to distort. . . . Each essay contains a bibliography; and thank Providence, the editor saw fit to provide an index. Highly recommended.”

Everett Emerson was, at the time of publication, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. Emerson is the editor of the journal Early American Literature and the author of several books.


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Cover is blue and orange with a list of American writers

November 1973  
LC: 72-001378 PS
310 pp.   6 x 9 1/8

ISBN 978-0-299-06190-6
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