Virgin land; the American West as symbol and myth. (Book, 1971) [Hayden Memorial Library @ Citrus College]
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Virgin land; the American West as symbol and myth.

Author: Henry Nash Smith
Publisher: Cambridge, Harvard University Press [1971, ©1950]
Series: Harvard paperback, HP 21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Examines the significance and impact of the nineteenth-century Westward movement on American literature. Bibliogs.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Nash Smith
ISBN: 0674939557 9780674939554
OCLC Number: 211491
Description: xviii, 305 pages illustrations 21 cm.
Contents: 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 wilderness of nature: Charles W. Webber and others --
The mountain man as westner hero: Kit Carson --
The western hero in the dime novel: --
The dime novel heroine --
Book three: The garden of the world. The garden of the world and American agrarianism --
The yeoman and the fee-simple empire --
Thesouth 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 utopica --
The myth of the garden and reform of the land system --
The garden as safety valve --
The agricultural west in literature --
The myth of the garden and Turner's frontier hypothesis.
Series Title: Harvard paperback, HP 21.


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. Smith shows, with vast comprehension,  Read more...
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A very illuminating study in the history of ideas. Its principal theme is the rise and decline of the conception of the West as an agrarian utopia the myth of the 'garden of the world' that implanted Read more...

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