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The American Adam : Phoenix Books - R.W.B. Lewis

The American Adam

Phoenix Books

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Published: 1st January 1955
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Intellectual history is viewed in this book as a series of "great conversations"--dramatic dialogues in which a culture's spokesmen wrestle with the leading questions of their times. In nineteenth-century America the great argument centered about De Crevecoeur's "new man," the American, an innocent Adam in a bright new world dissociating himself from the historic past. Mr. Lewis reveals this vital preoccupation as a pervasive, transforming ingredient of the American mind, illuminating history and theology as well as art, shaping the consciousness of lesser thinkers as fully as it shaped the giants of the age. He traces the Adamic theme in the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Henry James, and others, and in an Epilogue he exposes their continuing spirit in the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, J. D. Salinger, and Saul Bellow.

Prologue: The Myth and the Dialogue
The Danger of Innocence
The Case against the Past
The New Adam: Holmes and Whitman
The Fortunate Fall: The Elder
The Narrative Image
The Fable of the Critics
The Hero in Space
The Return into Time
Melville: The Apotheosis of Adam
The Past and the Perfect
The Function of History
The Real Presence
Epilogue: The Contemporary Situation Adam as Hero in the Age of Containment
Index
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ISBN: 9780226476810
ISBN-10: 0226476812
Series: Phoenix Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 1st January 1955
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23