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Author Crain, Caleb.

Title American sympathy : men, friendship, and literature in the new nation / Caleb Crain
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001


Description 1 online resource (x, 310 pages) : illustrations
Contents In the pear grove : the romance of Leander, Lorenzo, and Castalio -- The decomposition of Charles Brockden Brown : sympathy in Brown's letters -- The transformation, the self devoted, and the dead recalled : sympathy in Brown's fiction -- The unacknowledged tie : young Emerson and the love of men -- Too good to be believed : Emerson's "Friendship" and the Samaritans -- The heart ruled out : Melville's Palinode
Summary This title weaves together literary criticism and historical narrative to describe the strong friendships between men that supported and inspired some of America's greatest writing - the Gothic novels of Charles Brockden Brown, the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the novels of Herman Melville. The book traces the genealogy of these friendships through a series of stories. Throughout, this book demonstrates the many ways in which the struggle to commit feelings to paper informed the shape and texture of American literature
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-305) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810 -- Characters -- Men
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. Friendship.
Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810
American literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism
Men in literature.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
American literature -- 1783-1850 -- History and criticism
Male friendship -- United States -- History
Male friendship in literature.
Sympathy in literature.
American literature -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
American literature
American literature -- Male authors
Male friendship
Male friendship in literature
Men in literature
Sympathy in literature
Männerfreundschaft Motiv
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300133677