Publisher description for Enthusiast! : essays on modern American literature / David Herd.


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Lucidly written and combatively argued, this book takes enthusiasm to be a defining feature of American literature, showing how successive major writers have modernized and re-modeled the sense of enthusiasm founded by Emerson. Enthusiast! is a polemical history of American literature told from the point of view of six of its major enthusiasts. Starting with a brief history of enthusiasm from Plato to Kant and Emerson, the book features chapters on: Melville, Thoreau, Pound, Moore, O’Hara, and Schuyler. Enthusiasm, it is argued, is the way literary value is passed on. Each chapter presents an aspect of the writer as enthusiast and charts the changing sense of literary enthusiasm from Romanticism to the present day.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Enthusiasm in literature.
American literature -- History and criticism.