Republic of Words

The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857–1925

Susan Goodman

Republic of Words

Susan Goodman

Distributed for University Press of New England

356 pages | 6 x 9
A record of Atlantic Monthly authors reads like a Who’s Who of American literature. The magazine’s stable of contributors included Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Henry Adams, Frank Norris, Jack London, Henry James, Owen Wister, Robert Frost, and many others. In Republic of Words, Susan Goodman brilliantly captures this emerging culture of arts, ideas, science, and literature of an America in its adolescence, as filtered through the intersecting lives and words of the best and brightest writers of the day. Through this lens, Goodman examines the life of the magazine from its emergence in 1857 through the 1920s.
Contents
Preface • Beginnings • Forging Traditions: James Russell Lowell • John Brown’s War • The Battle of the Hundred Pine: Thomas Wentworth Higginson • Dueling Visions: Louis Agassiz and Asa Gray • Reconstructions: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and Jr. • James and
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