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The smoke has not yet cleared, nor is it likely it ever will. The controversy only calls attention to Turner's posture. Every student of American civilization at one time or another confronts the Turner thesis. Professor Benjamin W. F. ”3 As the present century wanes the consensus now ranks Turner and Francis Parkman as America's two greatest nineteenth-century historians of their native ground. It is not enough to say that Turner's fame rests upon his frontier hypothesis without also pointing out the great importance his literary style gave the work.

History and criticism. 2. Frontier and pioneer life in literature. 3. Western stories— History and criticism. 4. )—Intellectual life. 5. ) in literature. 6. Regionalism in literature. I. Title. 9'3278—dc1989–4411 CIP Designed by Whitehead & Whitehead with A. Home and the Good Life: Conclusion170Notes176Index185 Page viii To the Memory of My Parents Page ix Preface THIS BOOK expands the range of topics covered in The Closed Frontier: Studies in American Literary Tragedy, published some fifteen years ago.

At the university he had encountered Darwinian evolution, including studies in botany and glaciation. Even more importantly, he had read the Concord philosophers and the English Romantic poets. Coincidentally, Professor Ezra S. Carr, who taught Muir the theory of Ice Age glaciation, was a personal friend of Emerson, and Muir's classics professor, James D. Buffer, was a thoroughgoing Emersonian. ” It is correct to call Muir a Romantic, perhaps the last important one of our nineteenth-century national literature.

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