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Van Wyck Brooks (1886–1963)

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Værker af Van Wyck Brooks

The Flowering of New England (1936) 397 eksemplarer
The World of Washington Irving (1944) 266 eksemplarer
Helen Keller: Sketch for a Portrait (1953) 101 eksemplarer
The Times of Melville and Whitman (1947) 86 eksemplarer
The Ordeal of Mark Twain (1920) 49 eksemplarer
The confident years: 1885-1915 (1952) 41 eksemplarer
The Life of Emerson (1932) 41 eksemplarer
The Writer in America (1953) 25 eksemplarer
America's Coming-of-Age (1958) 23 eksemplarer
John Sloan; a painter's life (1955) 14 eksemplarer
A New England Reader (1962) 12 eksemplarer
Three essays on America (1934) 11 eksemplarer
From a writer's notebook (1958) 11 eksemplarer
Opinions of Oliver Allston (1941) 10 eksemplarer
A Chilmark Miscellany (1948) 9 eksemplarer
Howells, his life and world (1959) 7 eksemplarer
Sketches in criticism (1934) 6 eksemplarer
The world of H.G. Wells (1969) 6 eksemplarer
Emerson and others (1973) 6 eksemplarer
On Literature Today (1941) 4 eksemplarer
An Autobiography (1965) 4 eksemplarer
The pilgrimage of Henry James (1972) 3 eksemplarer
A book of prefaces 1 eksemplar
Makers and finders. (1952) 1 eksemplar
Viljen som vant 1 eksemplar
The Freeman Book (LvMI) (2012) 1 eksemplar
Secret Mission to Bangkok (1961) 1 eksemplar

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Once I got used to the style and jam-packed sentence structure, I settled in for an enjoyable read. The book is largely comprised of sketches of authors, artists and literary critics active in the '20s - many of whom Brooks knew, including a few neighbours from his time living in Westport, Connecticut. No flappers and no speakeasies.
heggiep | Feb 4, 2023 |
I was curious to read this book, an early recipient of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer, because it was dedicated to legendary Scribners editor Max Perkins, Brooks’ childhood friend.
Brooks addresses why Boston and its environs dominated the first phase of a recognizably American literary culture, both in quantity and quality—a position it maintained for most of the nineteenth century. He framed his answer in terms borrowed from Oswald Spengler, a fashionable historian at the time: it was a culture cycle, with all the phases that belonged to it, albeit compressed in a shorter time frame than those described by Spengler.
When Brooks wrote the book, every schoolchild could recite “The Ride of Paul Revere.” I came along later, but even in my childhood, Longfellow and poetry were synonymous. I doubt this is still the case, so I wonder who the prospective reader of this book might be today. Brooks offers neither a straightforward history nor incisive literary analysis; it is a social history of literary production. His style is heavily allusive, but a reader who isn’t up on these writers will miss that.
His judgments, when he offers them, are often spoken as dicta. For instance, writing of Longfellow’s “The Spanish Student,” Brooks remarks: “The first of several poems in dramatic form without a dramatic moment” (306). Yet, Brooks speaks positively of Longfellow’s imagination and cadences in other places. In fact, Brooks takes pains to single out praiseworthy aspects of writers he criticizes, such as James Russell Lowell. And he vindicates Harriet Beecher Stowe as a great writer when her reputation had already sunk.
Brooks composes word pictures to convey a feeling for the figures who populate his book. He often crams much detail into his sentences. The result, read eighty years on, seems old-fashioned. However, there are rewards for readers who bring the necessary patience, for his narrative style is often entertaining. He refers to works by a multitude of authors. I readily believe he has read all of that and more—not just the remarkables (Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Margaret Fuller) and those whose reputation, once aglow, was already dimming by the 1930s (Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell, Whittier) but even those little heard of today, such as William Austin and Sylvester Judd.
I borrowed the copy I read from the library, and it showed every sign of having been frequently used. But nevertheless, the paper knife had not yet been applied in two places.
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HenrySt123 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Aug 2, 2022 |
A survey of the regions of the United States in and around 1800. Remarkable flavor and details!!
2wonderY | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jan 4, 2022 |
269. The Flowering of New England 1815-1865, by Van Wyck Brooks (read 21 July 1946) (Pulitzer History prize in 1937) (National Book Award nonfiction prize for 1936) On July 19, 1946, I said: "Reading 'The Flowering of New England' OK. I hope I'm getting as much out of it as I should." On July 20 said: "Almost done with 'Flowering.'' But nothing as to what I thought of it, but my memory, all these years later, is that it was worth reading.
Schmerguls | 4 andre anmeldelser | Oct 9, 2013 |



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