The Connecticut Wits Intellectual Context - Essay

Intellectual Context

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

A. Owen Aldridge

SOURCE: "The Concept of Ancients and Moderns in American Poetry of the Federal Period," in Early American Literature: A Comparatist Approach, Princeton University Press, 1982, pp. 158-85.

[The editor of Comparative Literature Studies, Aldridge is an American educator and author. Among his works on the eighteenth century are Benjamin Franklin and His French Contemporaries (1957) and Man of Reason: Life of Thomas Paine (1959). Here, he analyses "the literary traditions affirmed by [the Federal period] poets" and the ideological effects of their embracing of Augustan Age values.]

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