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New England beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature by Elisa New (review)

New England beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature by Elisa New (review) 928 }eaRlY aMeRICan lIteRatURe: VolUMe 50, nUMBeR 3 New England beyond Criticism: In Defense of America's First Literature elIsa new Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2014 332 pp. Elisa New's office at 12 Quincy Street, home of Harvard's Department of English, lies just a "few steps" away from the Faculty Club at 20 Quincy. This might not seem cause for lyrical reflection, but 20 Quincy was the site of a home where the James family lived from 1866 to 1881, and New finds it "a source of constant pleasure to remind myself that 12 and 20 Quincy still stand together" (227). Though "the Yard had a more rural aspect in the days of the Jameses," she observes, "the view from my building is otherwise much as it was in the 1870s, with little paths leading then, as they do today, from outside the campus in, and the in-and-out flow of foot traffic weaving Cambridge into the rhythms of the University" (227). In her recent book, New's historical imagination allows her to share this and other pleasures of proximity with readers who marvel at the work of great New England writers, from William Bradford to Susan Howe, but whose places and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

New England beyond Criticism: In Defense of America’s First Literature by Elisa New (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (3) – Nov 18, 2015

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928 }eaRlY aMeRICan lIteRatURe: VolUMe 50, nUMBeR 3 New England beyond Criticism: In Defense of America's First Literature elIsa new Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2014 332 pp. Elisa New's office at 12 Quincy Street, home of Harvard's Department of English, lies just a "few steps" away from the Faculty Club at 20 Quincy. This might not seem cause for lyrical reflection, but 20 Quincy was the site of a home where the James family lived from 1866 to 1881, and New finds it "a source of constant pleasure to remind myself that 12 and 20 Quincy still stand together" (227). Though "the Yard had a more rural aspect in the days of the Jameses," she observes, "the view from my building is otherwise much as it was in the 1870s, with little paths leading then, as they do today, from outside the campus in, and the in-and-out flow of foot traffic weaving Cambridge into the rhythms of the University" (227). In her recent book, New's historical imagination allows her to share this and other pleasures of proximity with readers who marvel at the work of great New England writers, from William Bradford to Susan Howe, but whose places and

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 18, 2015

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