John Brown and the Era of Literary Confrontation

Taylor & Francis, Inc.
3/11/2009
  • American & Canadian Literature

John Brown and the Era of Literary Confrontation Overview

This exceptional book sheds new light on how John Brown inspired America's most significant intellects, such as Whittier, Whitman, Melville, Howells, Emerson and Thoreau, to take a public stand against the inertia of moral compromise ...


John Brown and the Era of Literary Confrontation Table Of Content

1. Introduction 2. John Brown: "A Muse of Fire" 3. Translating a Terrorist: The Business of Public Intellectuals 4. Confronting Conspirators: Re-examining Thoreau’s "A Plea for Captain John Brown" 5. "Self-Reliance:" Emerson’s Antidote to Political Abdication and Judicial Compromise 6. In the Shadow of John Brown: Refusing Violence in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Dred. 7. Epilogue. Appendix A: Letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Charles Wesley Slack. Appendix B: Letter from Theodore Parker to Charles Wesley Slack. Appendix C: Letter from Frederick Douglass to Charles Wesley Slack. Notes. Works Cited. Index.


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