Heiress of All the Ages: Sex and Sentiment in the Genteel Tradition



DIVpiHeiress of All the Ages/iwas first published in 1959. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions./ppIn a provocative study of American literature, Professor Wasserstrom reappraises the genteel tradition and its place in social and intellectual history. He shows that our image of this tradition has been inadequate, that most of our writers and critics have failed to recognize its profound effects./ppBasing his discussion primarily on a study of the major novelists of the period from 1830 to the present, the author examines the role of women in fiction and defines some of our national attitudes toward love. He discusses especially the world of Henry James (from whose phrase heir of all the ages the title of this book is derived), William Dean Howells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edith Wharton, and Robert Penn Warren. He also considers such well known novelists of their day as Bret Harte, Edgar Fawcett, Robert Herrick, Henry B. Fuller, Hamlin Garland, and Gertrude Atherton. In addition, his study is based on source material of the period: diaries, recipe books, family magazines, early issues of sociology and psychology journals, and travel books./ppThis book will interest not only students of literature and history but also those in the general field of American civilization and sociologists and psychologists concerned with the relation of American literature to our mores./p/DivDIVWilliam Wasserstron was an assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester and also taught at Adelphi and Swarthmore Colleges. His work has appeared in such magazines as Psychoanalysis, American Quarterly, and Yale Review./divDIVMinnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible to scholars, students, researchers, and general read@O€

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