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The Spirit of American Literature

John Albert Macy

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Description:

THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN LITERATURE is a collection of essays reviewing contemporary authors on the literary scene at the turn of the century and assessing the uniquely American characteristics of their growing body of work. Excerpted from the author’s preface: “In this book something is said about most, if not quite all, of the emergent figures in American literature; an attempt is made to survey the four corners of the national library and to give an impression of its shape and size. If its purpose is approximately realized, this volume will be found to be a little nearer to a collection of appreciative essays than to a formal history or bibliographic manual. …To be sure, the historian avowedly and properly puts emphasis on writers who are dead in the flesh, and finishes off his contemporaries briefly because they are not yet established and are too numerous to mention. But it seems well, in books about literature, not to discuss writers admittedly dead in the spirit, whose names persist by the inertia of reputation...All that I wish to plead is that a living lion is better than a dead mouse...If, as I believe, accepted handbooks and histories of American literature pay too much attention to doubly dead worthies, whose books are not interesting, and miss or but timidly acknowledge contemporary excellence, there is a way of accounting for it.” (Summary by lubee930)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

10h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

40:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

39:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

33:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

29:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

33:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:43