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The Resource Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth, Henry Nash Smith

Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth, Henry Nash Smith

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Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth
Title
Virgin land
Title remainder
the American West as symbol and myth
Statement of responsibility
Henry Nash Smith
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The spell that the West has always exercised on the American people had its most intense impact on American literature and thought during the nineteenth century. Henry Nash Smith shows, with vast comprehension, the influence of the nineteenth-century West in all its variety and strength, in special relation to social, economic, cultural, and political forces. He traces the myths and symbols of the Westward movement such as the general notion of a Westward- moving Course of Empire, the Wild Western hero, the virtuous yeoman- farmer--in such varied nineteenth- century writings as Leaves of Grass, the great corpus of Dime Novels, and most notably, Frederick Jackson Turner?s The Frontier in American History. Moreover, he synthesizes the imaginative expression of Western myths and symbols in literature with their role in contemporary politics, economics, and society, embodied in such forms as the idea of Manifest Destiny, the conflict in the American mind between idealizations of primitivism on the one hand and of progress and civilization on the other, the Homestead Act of 1862, and public-land policy after the Civil War. The myths of the American West that found their expression in nineteenth- century words and deeds remain a part of every American?s heritage, and Smith, with his insight into their power and significance, makes possible a critical appreciation of that heritage
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
978
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F591
LC item number
.S65 1950
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth, Henry Nash Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-298) and index
Contents
Prologue: Eighteenth-century origins -- Book One: Passage to India -- A highway to the Pacific: Thomas Jefferson and the far West -- Passage to India: Thomas Hart Benton and Asa Whitney -- The untransacted destiny: William Gilpin -- Walt Whitman and Manifest Destiny -- Book Two: The sons of Leatherstocking -- Daniel Boone: empire builder or philosopher of primitivism? -- Leatherstocking and the problem of social order -- The innocence and wildness of nature: Charles W. Webber and others -- The mountain man as western hero: Kit Carson -- The western hero in the dime novel: from Seth Jones to Deadwood Dick -- Buffalo Bill and Buck Taylor -- The dime novel heroine -- Book Three: The gardens of the world -- The garden of the world and American agrarianism -- The yeoman and the fee-simple empire -- The south and the myth of the garden -- The new calculus of western energies -- The agrarian utopia in politics: the Homestead Act -- The garden and the desert -- The empire redivivus -- Failure of the agrarian utopia -- The myth of the garden and reform of the land system -- The garden as safety valve -- The agricultural west in literature: I. Cooper and the stages of society -- II. From Caroline Kirkland to Hamlin Garland -- The myth of the garden and Turner's frontier hypothesis
Control code
478264
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 305 p., [8] p. of plates
Lccn
50006230
Note
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Rebecca Dobkins, 1994 (SW Writers Access No. 94-146). Stamped: From the Library of Betty Brooke Dobkins.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026). Paperbound.
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Label
Virgin land : the American West as symbol and myth, Henry Nash Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-298) and index
Contents
Prologue: Eighteenth-century origins -- Book One: Passage to India -- A highway to the Pacific: Thomas Jefferson and the far West -- Passage to India: Thomas Hart Benton and Asa Whitney -- The untransacted destiny: William Gilpin -- Walt Whitman and Manifest Destiny -- Book Two: The sons of Leatherstocking -- Daniel Boone: empire builder or philosopher of primitivism? -- Leatherstocking and the problem of social order -- The innocence and wildness of nature: Charles W. Webber and others -- The mountain man as western hero: Kit Carson -- The western hero in the dime novel: from Seth Jones to Deadwood Dick -- Buffalo Bill and Buck Taylor -- The dime novel heroine -- Book Three: The gardens of the world -- The garden of the world and American agrarianism -- The yeoman and the fee-simple empire -- The south and the myth of the garden -- The new calculus of western energies -- The agrarian utopia in politics: the Homestead Act -- The garden and the desert -- The empire redivivus -- Failure of the agrarian utopia -- The myth of the garden and reform of the land system -- The garden as safety valve -- The agricultural west in literature: I. Cooper and the stages of society -- II. From Caroline Kirkland to Hamlin Garland -- The myth of the garden and Turner's frontier hypothesis
Control code
478264
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 305 p., [8] p. of plates
Lccn
50006230
Note
  • Library's copy 3 (SW Writers): Gift of Rebecca Dobkins, 1994 (SW Writers Access No. 94-146). Stamped: From the Library of Betty Brooke Dobkins.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Forms part of: A. C. Greene Library. Gift of Meredith Greene Megaw, 2012 (Access. No. 2012-026). Paperbound.
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ill.

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