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Part I. Four Overviews: 1. Theoretical premises 2. A narrative overview of New England's literary development 3. Marketplace, ethos, practice: the Antebellum literary situation 4. Neoclassical continuities: the early national era and the New England literary tradition Part II. Three Representative Genres: 5. New England Poetics: Emerson, Dickinson, and others 6. New England oratory from Everett to Emerson 7. Literary scripturism Part III. Reinventing Puritanism: the New England Historical Imagination: 8. The concept of puritan ancestry 9. The politics of historiography 10. Fictionalizing puritan history: some problems and approaches 11. Hawthorne and Stowe as rival interpreters of New England Puritanism Part IV. New England as a Country of the Imagination: The Spirit of Place: 12. The cultural landscape in regional poetry and prose 13. The village as icon 14. Lococentrism from Dwight to Thoreau 15. Comic grotesque 16. Provincial Gothic: Hawthorne, Stoddard, and others Postscript Appendix. Vital statistics: a quantitative analysis of authorship as a profession in New England.