American Renaissance

Authors

  • Henry Nash Smith

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-002-06-1950-10_6

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

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