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Offers students and general readers informative introductions to 10 major literary works of American Romanticism, including Poe's The Raven and selected stories, Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Thoreau's Walden.
Melissa McFarland Pennell is Professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
"Pennell provides critical introductions to works identified as masterpieces in the tradition of American Romanticism. Coverage includes (for example) the novels Moby-Dick (Melville) and Uncle Tom's Cabin (Stowe) as well as Walt Whitman's Song of Myself and essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each of ten chapters features an overview of the author's life and career, along with a discussion of responses by contemporary and present-day critics." - Reference & Research Book News