American Literature

Authors at Home

The house is full of books. Every part of it is more or less of a library. Laden shelves flank the landings of the broad stairway, and so on all the way up to the work-room in the third story, where the statuette of Thackeray on our author’s table seems to survey with amusement the accumulated miscellaneous mass of literature stacked and piled around. Upon any volume of this collection Mr. Warner could lay his hand in an instant—when he found where it was.

Being a Boy

Being a Boy (1877) by Charles Dudley Warner is a truly delightful look at a year in the life of a New England farm boy. Trials, tribulations, wonders. His first boy-girl party, the shame of his first lie. Observations on old men and pumpkin pie. All these and much more are in this classic old book. …

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens | Guide to Daily Reading 11/30/22

COLONEL MULBERRY SELLERS was in his “library,” which was his “drawing-room,” and was also his “picture gallery,” and likewise his “workshop.” Sometimes he called it by one of these names, sometimes by another, according to occasion and circumstance. He was constructing what seemed to be some kind of a frail mechanical toy, and was apparently very much interested in his work. He was a white-headed man now…

The Golden Door | Guide to Daily Reading 11/28/22

Largely unrecognised during his life, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual art of the Romantic Age. What he called his “prophetic works” were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language”. His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones…

The Devil and Tom Walker | Guide to Daily Reading 11/25/22

Nothing happened today either. Daily reading: A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp, or morass. On one side of this inlet is a beautiful dark grove; on the opposite side the …

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