By Edmund Wilson
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In the Sixties there has been an upswing in Civil struggle nostalgia, and Edmund Wilson contributed to it with this publication, arguably one in every of his top, from an already ample output. This survey of yank lit starts off with Stowe and in its sixteen chapters additionally analyzes Lincoln, Mary Chestnut, Lanier, Bierce, Holmes, and diverse now-obscure or overlooked writers.
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For instance, when you are intent on raising Rowers, you are sure to visit them and inspect them very carefully every morning; but your kitchen would go for two or three days without any inspection at all, you would be quite ignorant of what there was in the house to be cooked, or the way in which the work was done. Your oversight of the Rowers would be systematic and regular; of the kitchen, at haphazard, and now and then. - Again, you seldom hesitate to make a promise, whether you have ability to perform it or not, like your father and Kate, only not quite so bad; and promises so easily made are very easily broken.
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In what terms this ideal of the United States was conceived by Harriet Beecher Stowe appears very clearly from a passage in her autobiographical notes: "There was one of my father's books that proved a mine of wealth to me. It was a happy hour when he brought home and set up in his bookcase Cotton Mather's Magnalia, in a new edition of two volumes. What wonderful stories those! Stories, too, about my own country. " And she tells of her emotions, in her childhood, on hearing the Declaration of Independence read: "I had never heard it before," wrote Mrs.