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By Barbara Novak

Barbara Novak is considered one of America's most popular paintings historians, the writer of the seminal books American portray of the 19th Century and Nature and Culture. Now, with the paperback of Voyages of the Self, this esteemed critic completes the trilogy began with the 2 past works, delivering once more an exciting exploration of yankee paintings and tradition. during this booklet, Novak explores numerous encouraged pairings of key writers and painters, drawing insightful parallels among such masters as John Singleton Copley and Jonathan Edwards, Winslow Homer and William James, Frederic Edwin Church and Walt Whitman, and Jackson Pollock and Charles Olson. via those and different groupings, Novak tracks the numerous meanings of the self in the US, within which the main salient features of every artist or author is proven to attract from--and in flip influence--the better map of yankee lifestyles. significant threads weaving throughout the ebook are the yank preoccupation with the "object" and our carrying on with go back to pragmatism. via fruitful comparisons--whether among 29~ley and Edwards, or Lane and Emerson, or Ryder and Dickinson--Novak sheds unrivaled gentle on our nation's inventive heritage.

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