Clarence Arthur Brown (essay date 1954)
SOURCE: Brown, Clarence Arthur. “The Aesthetics of Romanticism.” In The Achievement of American Criticism: Representative Selections from Three Hundred Years of American Criticism, selected by Clarence Arthur Brown, pp. 149-82. New York: The Ronald Press, 1954.
[In the following essay, Brown offers an overview of the emergence of the various schools of nineteenth-century American literary criticism, most of which were based on the aesthetics of Romanticism and devoted to the development of a national literature.]
The rise of romanticism can be seen in early issues of the North American Review.1 Traditionally, since its founding in 1815, the...
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