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View Resource The Oxford Book of American Essays

Many a literary theorist and critic have wondered: “What is American literature?” Others have gone so far as to wonder whether such a thing can be defined and this area of academic inquiry has delighted many for several centuries. Late in the 19th century, one Brander Matthews was called upon to do just that-create an edited volume for the Oxford Press that would represent a variety of essays from...