The Letters of William Cullen Bryant, Bind 3

Fordham Univ Press, 1975 - 474 sider
This is the only collection ever made of Bryant's letters, two-thirds of which have never before been printed. Their publication was foreseen by the late Allan Nevins as "one of the most important and stimulating enterprises contributory to the enrichment of the nation's cultural and political life that is now within the range of individual and group effort."
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was America's earliest national poet.  His immediate followers-Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman-unquestionably began their distinguished careers in imitation of his verses. But Bryant was even more influential in his long career as a political journalist, and in his encouragement of American art, from his lectures at the National Academy of Design in 1828 to his evocation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870. Between the appearance of his first major poem, "Thanatopsis," in 1817, and his death sixty-one years later at the age of eighty-three, Bryant knew and corresponded with an extraordinary number of eminent men and women. More than 2,100 of his known letters have already been recovered for the present edition.

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Cuba Scotland and Europe under the Bayonet 1849 LETTERS 667 to 712
Retrospections and Projections 18501852 LETTERS 713 to 809
Voyage to the East 18521853 LETTERS 810 TO 837
Tumults of the Noisy World 18531857 LETTERS 838 to 973
A Sea Change and Spain 1857 LETTERS 974 to 1006

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Side 20 - The girls of various ages, who are employed at the spindles, had, for the most part, a sallow, sickly complexion, and in many of their faces I remarked that look of mingled distrust and dejection which often accompanies the condition of extreme, hopeless poverty. 'These poor girls,' said one of our party, 'think themselves extremely fortunate to be employed here, and accept work gladly. They come from the most barren parts of Carolina and Georgia, where their families live wretchedly, for hitherto...
Side 21 - The buildings are erected here more cheaply," he continued; "there is far less expense in fuel, and the wages of the work-people are less. At first, the boys and girls of the ' cracker' families were engaged for little more than their board ; their wages are now better, but they are still low. I am about to go to the North, and I shall do my best to persuade some of my friends, who have been almost ruined by this Southern competition, to come to Augusta and set up cotton mills.

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William Cullen Bryant II, a collateral descendant, earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He taught at his alma mater and at the University of Iowa, Fordham University, and the City University of New York. He widely traveled as a naval officer, teacher, and educational advisor. He lived in Garrison, NY.

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