IT is mere coincidence that Cooper was born in the year which produced The Power of Sympathy and that when… (read more)
Melville brought to the task a sound knowledge of actual whaling, much curious learning in the literature of the subject,… (read more)
The region west of the Mississippi continued in the popular mind to be a strange land for which the reports… (read more)
The two most common charges against the older fiction, that it pleased wickedly and that it taught nothing, had broken… (read more)
Yes, it's hard to write. But it's harder not to.
Although by 1851 tales of adventure had begun to seem antiquated, they had rendered a large service to the course… (read more)
Familiar life, tending to sordidness, had been succeeded by remote life, generally idealized; historical detail had been brought in to… (read more)
Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love affair which makes a part of the plot, is a tale… (read more)