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Nonetheless, the author makes a compelling case that the Sage of Monticello "created the visionary politics of American Romanticism.
Dunaway puts these artists at the center of his story, yet, for all their creativity, he paints a picture of them as translators--conduits through which ideas from science, politics, and the deep wellspring of earlier American Romanticism flow into the mainstream of American culture (albeit refined and revised by these artists).
THE PEABODY SISTERS: THREE WOMEN WHO IGNITED AMERICAN ROMANTICISM By Megan Marshall Houghton Mifflin, 624 pages, $28
Romantic Turbulence is a brief but ambitious exploration of American Romanticism.
This was the innermost meaning of Lincoln's American romanticism and, by implication, the innermost meaning of America.
The inadequacy of this seemingly harmless procedure became obvious to me one day as I stood before a classroom of students taking American Romanticism and assigned Moby-Dick, a rich and complex novel written by a man of undisputed genius at the height of his literary powers.
Shepard has a great affinity with the American Romanticism of nineteenth century Transcendentalists like Emerson and Whitman.
Noting that some critics have dismissed American Romanticism as "lovey-dovey, sappy music filled with lyricism and generally not worth our attention," OFAM executive director James Ralph challenges them to study up on the subject.
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