Van Wyck Brooks -The Saviour of American Literature

Origins

Van Wyck Brooks. Image: University of Arizona

Today we read writers like Fennimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen Crane, Bret Harte, Louisa May Alcott and Theodore Dreiser as if they have always been there. And if we haven’t read them we have at least heard of them. The point is they would not have been available to read without the work of one man, one American…

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