Blogs tagged "american literature"

Gary Snyder Found His Voice as a Poet with Poems Set in the American West

Gary Snyder
Is there anything more distinctive in American poetry than hearing a recording of Robert Frost reading one of his own poems? Video clips and recordings from the sixties capture the distinctive voice at public readings, where Frost’s voice and the poem he’s reading aloud become one and the same. The lines, we feel while listening, were written for Frost, not just by him. Frost, much earlier, had discovered what he had to say as a poet—he had discovered his voice.Read More »

Henry David Thoreau at 200

Walden Pond in late June. 27 June 2012
"As things turned out, Thoreau, very likely without knowing what he was up to, took man's relation to Nature and man's dilemma in society and man's capacity for elevating his spirit and he beat all these matters together, in a wild free interval of self-justification and delight, and produced an original omelette from which people can draw nourishment in a hungry day." —E.B. White, "A Slight Sound at Evening"Read More »

American Literature Selections

Willa Cather homestead, rural Webster County, Nebraska
“American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.” —Christopher DawsonRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Re-imagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

John Quidor, "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane," 1858. Smithsonian
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living. — “The Golem” episode, Sleepy Hollow television series.Washington Irving was one of the most beloved and influential writers in 19th-century America. His timeless story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” concerns the fate of a gullible and self-centered schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

“Go Set a Watchman”: A Literary Landmark

July 14, 2015, literary history will be made. On this day publishing giants William Heinemann and HarperCollins are scheduled to release Harper Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings