Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental writings influenced Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, whose works are considered the cornerstones of the American literary movement. This title, The American Renaissance, part of Chelsea House Publishers' Bloom's Period Studies series, features a selection of critical essays analyzing the writers and works that defined the American Renaissance. In addition to a chronology of the important cultural, literary, and politcal events that shaped this period, this text includes an introduction and editor's note written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.
Introduction / Harold Bloom Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" / D.H. Lawrence Method and scope / F.O. Matthiessen Shakespeare and Melville / Charles Olson Nathaniel Hawthorne / Jorge Luis Borges Introduction to Walden and Civil Disobedience / Sherman Paul Whitman' image of voice : to the tally of my soul / Harold Bloom The curse of Kehama / Barbara Packer The Poet / Julie Ellison Hawthorne, Melville, and the fiction of prophecy / Richard Brodhead The literary significance of the Unitarian Movement / Lawrence Buell Introduction to Leaves of Grass / John Hollander Margaret Fuller's Aesthetic Transcendentalism and its legacy / Kathy Kurtzman Lawrence A mourner among the children : Emily Dickinson's early religious crisis / Elizabeth Schmidt.