THE AMERICAN WRITER AND THE EUROPEAN TRADITION by

THE AMERICAN WRITER AND THE EUROPEAN TRADITION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twelve stimulating essays by scholars whose diversity of background and special interests sharpen by contrasts the reader's perception of that nebulous entity, ""native American literature"", in relation to the cross-currents of our necessarily European heritage and later influences. Louis Wright, Director of the Folger Library in Washington, and Alfred Kasin, author of On Native Grounds are among the eminent authorities represented. The essays are arranged chronologically- ""Cosmopolitanism in American Literature before 1880"" by Stanley Williams of Yale, ""Americanization of the European Heritage"" by Leon Howard of Northwestern, ""Contemporary American Literature in its Relation to Ideas"" by Lionel Trilling of Columbia, ""Some European Views of Contemporary American Literature"" by Harry Levin of Rarvard- and from the wide perspective indicated by these titles arises a fresh conception of our literary debts, accomplishments and the shifting emphasis of influence now running from us toward the Old World in literature as in politics and economics. Recommended without qualification for the scholarly market.

Publisher: University of Minnesota