Mary S. Austin (essay date 1901)
SOURCE: Austin, Mary S. “Freneau as an Author.” In Philip Freneau, The Poet of the Revolution: A History of his Life and Times, edited by Helen Kearny Vreeland, pp. 211-26. New York: A. Wessels Company, 1901.
[In the following excerpt, Austin provides examples of nineteenth-century criticism of Freneau's poetry.]
For reasons already given, we deem it best to give the criticisms of others upon the poetry of Freneau, and begin with the remarks of a London publisher1 who, notwithstanding Freneau's hostile feeling towards all that savored in the least of Great Britain, has had the magnanimity to overlook all such sentiment, and bring before the public, of...
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