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American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847 Matthew Wynn Sivils

American Environmental Fiction, 1782-1847

Matthew Wynn Sivils

Published September 28th 2014
ISBN : 9781409431633
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176 pages
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 About the Book 

While Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are often credited with inventing American environmental writing, Matthew Wynn Sivils argues that the works of these Transcendentalists must be placed within a larger literary tradition that has its origins in early Republic natural histories, Indian captivity narratives, Gothic novels, and juvenile literature. Authors such as William Bartram, Ann Eliza Bleecker, and Samuel Griswold Goodrich, to name just a few, enabled the development of a credibly American brand of proto-environmental fiction. Sivils argues that these seeds of environmental literature would come to fruition in James Fenimore Coopers The Pioneers, which he argues is the first uniquely environmental American novel.