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By Michael T. Gilmore

''This publication can take its position at the shelf beside Henry Nash Smith's Virgin Land and Leo Marx's The laptop within the backyard .''—Choice ''[Gilmore] demonstrates the profound, sustained, engagement with society embodied within the works of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Melville. In influence, he relocates the yankee Renaissance the place it effectively belongs, on the centre of a huge social, monetary, and ideological stream from the Jacksonian period to the Civil conflict. essentially, Gilmore's argument issues the writers' participation in what Thoreau referred to as 'the curse of trade.' He info their combined resistance to and complicity within the burgeoning literary market and, through extension, the total ' financial revolution' which among 1830 and 1860 'transformed the U.S. right into a industry society'. . . . ''The result's a version of literary-historical revisionism. Gilmore's commencing chapters on Emerson and Thoreau exhibit that 'transcendental' idea and language can come absolutely alive while understood in the fabric techniques and ideological constraints in their time. . . . the rest 5 chapters, on Hawthorne and Melville, include one of the most penetrating contemporary commentaries at the aesthetic suggestions of yankee Romantic fiction, awarded inside of and during essentially the most astute, considerate issues i do know of commodification and the 'democratic public' in mid-nineteenth-century the United States. . . . essentially and methodologically, American Romanticism and undefined has an important position within the stream in the direction of a brand new American literary background. It locations Gilmore on the vanguard of a brand new new release of critics who're not only reinterpreting time-honored texts or getting to know new texts to interpret, yet reshaping our methods of pondering literature and culture.''—Sacvan Bercovitch, instances Literary complement ''Gilmore writes with power, readability, and wit. The reader is enriched by way of this book.'' William H. Shurr, American Literature

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Thoreau treats the entire operation as though the ice-cutters were "busy husbandmen" engaged in skimming the land: "They went to work at once, ploughing, harrowing, rolling, furrowing. . [and] suddenly began to hook up the virgin mould itself, with a peculiar jerk, clear down to the sand, or rather the water, . . all the terrafirma there was, and haul it away on sleds" (pp. 294- 95). As Thoreau's denunciation of Flint makes clear, his quarrel with the marketplace is in large measure ontological.

Is a system of selfishness . . " He is careful to point out that the abuses of commerce are not con- Chapter One fined to the merchant or manufacturer. The farmer who raises crops for market is also implicated, as is the consumer: "it is only necessary to ask a few questions as to the progress of the articles of commerce from the fields where they grew, to our houses, to become aware that we eat and drink and wear perjury and fraud in a hundred commodities" (CW I :147-48). "~ Emerson's dislike of "commercial times" is closely bound up with his individualism; self-reliance, in his view, is not a corollary but a casualty of exchange relations.

64). "More independent than any farmer in Concord," he claims to have learned from his experience that something approaching self-sufficiency is still practicable in midnineteenth-century America, if only "one would live simply and eat only the crop which he raised, and raise no more than he ate, and not exchange it for an insufficient quantity of more luxurious and expensive things" (pp. 55-56). Walden and the "Curse of Trade" Something approaching self-sufficiency:Thoreau makes no attempt to disguise the fact that he is unable to emancipate himself completely from exchange relations.

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