Excerpt from A History of American Literature, 1607-1865 Again, a magnified scale applied to American literature makes it possible to deal with the worthy pioneer authors of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods as though they were reputable and fairly interesting men, t as though they were unpresentable progenitors always to be kept in the background. Actuated by the considerations just set forth, I have endeavoured to cover in a reasonable space and with critical standards the early periods of American literature which have been presented with such scholarly fulness in the four volumes of the late Prof. Moses Coit Tyler. For the period from 1783 to 1829, which Tyler has made his own, I have tried to adopt the same scale and mode of treatment. For the period from 1830 to 1865 I have ackwledged to myself, and the reader will soon convince himself, that it. is impossible to treat otherwise than tentatively and to a certain extent in impressionist fashion authors who have seemed almost a part of our own generation. Holmes and Lowell are fitter subjects for the historian and critic as opposed to the appreciator than Tennyson and Browning are. Yet, as every one kws, the task of assigning the British poets their relatively proper places in their country's literature is one that must in the main be left to later generations. Nearly half the present volume, then, is t and cant be a history of literature in the strictest sense of the term. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.