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The American Newness: Culture and Politics in the Age of Emerson (William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization) Hardcover – March 21, 1986
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This book, originally three lectures delivered at Harvard, is itself a meditation on the Emerson contraries of consciousness vs. history, self vs. society, the liberating exhilaration vs. the frustrating fragility of the promise of new beginnings. Emerson is seen not as a political naif, but as a man whose vision was rendered almost immediately obsolete by more powerful forcesindustrialism, civil war, mass culture. Howe traces this vision through its metamorphoses in Hawthorne, Whitman, Melville, Twain. Too often, though, Howe's own voice has only the ring of truism, with judgments so balanced, rational, and mature that one longs for the disruptive radicalism and fiery freshness of Emerson's own Harvard speeches. Martin Bickman, English Dept., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
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