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Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now

Andrew Delbanco

ISBN 10: 0788195840 / ISBN 13: 9780788195846
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Required Reading: Why Our American Classics ...

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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Shows why our classic American writers remain indispensable, even in an age of uncertainty over what our common heritage is. In superb chapters on Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Wharton, Richard Wright, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lincoln, & others, Delbanco shows how each writer enlarged the expressive range of the American language & our imagined sense of Amer. possibilities. American artists celebrated the ideal of the free individual while conveying with searing honesty the struggle to defend this ideal against hostile conditions & ideas. Each writer tried to create what might be called a democratic prose style expressing the belief in transcendence that remains at the core of the American imagination.

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Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, is the author of The Puritan Ordeal and The Death of Satan. He lives in New York City.

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