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Literary History of the United States: History
Literary History of the United States History Author:Editors: Robert E. Spiller, Willard Thorp, Thomas H. Johnson, Henry Seidel Canby, Richard M. Ludwig, William M. Gibson Please note: This book has no dustjacket. There is one break in the binding. This is an old book formerly used (but not overly so)in the Austin Public Library system, but still in good condition. — From the 1947 Preface: "Each generation should produce at least one literary history of the United States, for each generation must define the past ... more »in its own terms. A redefinition of our literary past was needed at the time of the First World War... It is now needed again; and it will be needed still again..."
From the Fourth Edition: "Once more a decade of steady demand calls for another edition of Literary History... with a second Bibliography Supplement..."
"Again the authors have resisted the temptation to alter the main text; but new scholarship has made imperative... a wholly new chapter on Emily Dickinson. The chapter on 'The End of an Era,' dealing with the writers who survived World War II, has also been dropped and new chapters by Ihab Hassan, Daniel Hoffman, and Gerald Weales have brought the History into the new generation..."« less