Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Cowley, Malcolm, and Bernard Smith, eds. Books That Changed Our Minds. 1939. Reprint. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1970. Claims Parrington’s history was well received by conservatives as well as liberals; maintains that the influence exerted by this work places Parrington on par with Oswald Spengler, Alfred North Whitehead, and Vladimir Ilich Lenin.
Gabriel, Ralph W. “Vernon Louis Parrington.” In Pastmasters: Some Essays on American Historians, edited by Marcus Cunliffe and Robin W. Winks. 1969. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979. Discusses the publication history of Main Currents in American Thought and examines the personal quality of Parrington’s approach to history. Reviews the contemporaneous reception of the work and surveys its influence on later historians.
Hall, H. Lark. V. L. Parrington: Through the Avenue of Art. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1994. Comprehensive biography tracing Parrington’s intellectual development. Hall argues that Parrington was in search of a personal myth, and Main Currents in American Thought marked the culmination of that search.
Hofstadter, Richard. The Progressive Historians: Turner, Beard, Parrington. 1968. Reprint. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979. Links Parrington with other historians who engaged in their profession as a means of...
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