In the American Grain: Essays

In the American Grain: Essays

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Author/Editor: Williams, William Carlos, and Moody, Rick (Introduction by)
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Date: 1956
Binding: Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. New Directions Paperbook, 53. Audience: General/trade.
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and minimal edge wear.

William Carlos Williams was not a historian, but he was fascinated by the texture of American history. Beginning with Columbus's discovery of the Indies and moving on through Sir Walter Raleigh, Cotton Mather, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Aaron Burr, Edgar Allan Poe, and Abraham Lincoln, Williams found in the fabric of familiar episodes new shades of meaning and configurations of character. He brought a poetic imagination to the task of reconstructing a live tradition for Americans, and what results is one of the finest works of prose to have been penned by any writer of the twentieth century.