American Renaissance

  • Henry Nash Smith
Keywords: F. O. Matthiessen

Abstract

Matthiessen's American Renaissance, published in 1941, can now be recognized as a landmark in the interpretation of our literature, comparable in importance to Vernon L. Parrington's Main Currents in American Thought, published 1927-1930. Each of these books set the tone for a decade of scholarship and criticism. Parrington's emphasis on Jeffersonian liberalism forecast the predominantly social criticism of literature during the thirties.
Published
1950-10-06
Section
Articles