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Author Thurin, Erik Ingvar.

Title The American discovery of the Norse : an episode in nineteenth-century American literature / Erik Ingvar Thurin.

Published Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1999.

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 UniM Bail  810.9003 THURIN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 184 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-176) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Emerson -- Ch. 3. Thoreau -- Ch. 4. Melville -- Ch. 5. Minor Key -- Ch. 6. Longfellow -- Ch. 7. The Women Writers -- Ch. 8. Summary and Conclusion.
Summary "The interest of a group of American writers in the Norse (Viking Age Scandinavians) began to develop in the late 1830s, reaching its high point at mid-century and tapering off after the Civil War as the members of the group neared the end of their careers (only one of the authors discussed, Julia Clinton Jones, joins the club at the end of the period)."--BOOK JACKET. "This period, defined as the original phase of the American discovery of the Norse, features two essayists, Emerson and Thoreau, who refer to the Norse in writing on a variety of topics. Fiction is represented by Melville alone (American writers of fiction like Stowe and Hawthorne shun the Norse). Neither the essayists nor Melville uses Norse themes as their primary subject. That is reserved for the poets: Lowell, Whittier, Taylor, Longfellow, and Julia Clinton Jones."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature, Comparative -- American and Scandinavian.
Literature, Comparative -- Scandinavian and American.
Old Norse literature -- Appreciation -- United States.
American literature -- Scandinavian influences.
Mythology, Norse, in literature.
Vikings in literature.
Scandinavia -- In literature.
ISBN 0838754120 (alk. paper)