Writing the American Classics

Writing the American Classics

Book - 1990
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The University of North Carolina Press
This collection of essays describes the genesis of ten classic works of American literature. Using biographical, cultural, and manuscript evidence, the contributors tell the "stories of stories," plotting the often curious and always interesting ways in which notable American books took shape in a writer's mind.

The genetic approach taken in these essays derives from a curiosity, and sometimes a feeling of awe, about how a work of literature came to exist -- what motivated its creation, informed its vision, urged its completion. It is just that sort of wonder that first brings some people to love writers and their books.

Originally published in 1990.

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Writing the American Classics

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1990
ISBN: 9780807818961
0807818968
9780807842805
080784280X
Characteristics: xiv, 287 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barbour, James 1933-
Quirk, Tom 1946-

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