First published in 1986. This outstanding collection of major essays by some of America’s finest literary scholars and critics provides students of American literature with a unique perspective of America’s Romantic literature. Some of these essays make connections between authors or define Romanticism in terms of one of the works; others address major issues during the period; others offer a framework for specific works; and, finally, some give interpretations for the reader. All of the essays offer distinctive voices that will engage students in this rich and memorable period of American literature.

part II|57 pages


chapter 2|16 pages

I, Eye, Ay—Emerson’s Early Essay on “Nature”

Thoughts on the Machinery of Transcendence

chapter 4|23 pages

The Problem of Emerson

part III|60 pages


part V|51 pages


part VI|46 pages


part VII|46 pages