E.P. Dutton, 1944. FIRST CLUB EDITION with Book-of-the-Month Club Bulletin laid-in. Very good condition, some fading and damp stains to green cloth covers. An account of the literary history of America in the first half of the 19th century. (1800-1840) There is much on the authors Washington Irving, W . C Bryant, E. A. Poe And James F. Cooper. This book is far more than a life of Irving --it is a pictorial biography of our country in its first half century as a republic. Author also wrote Opinions of Oliver Allston, On Literature Today, New England: Indian Summer, The Flowering of New England, The Life of Emerson, The Ordeal of Mark Twain, The Pilgrimage of Henry James, Emerson and Others, Three Essays on America, Sketches in Criticism. 387 pages.