In this classic, groundbreaking exploration of early American
literature, Susan Howe reads our intellectual inheritance as a series of
civil wars, where each text is a wilderness in which a strange lawless
author confronts interpreters and editors eager for settlement. Howe
approaches Anne Hutchinson, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Hawthorne,
Emerson, Melville and Emily Dickinson as a fellow writer—her insights,
fierce and original, are rooted in her seminal textural scholarship in
examination of their editorial histories of landmark works. In the
process, Howe uproots settled institutionalized roles of men and women
as well as of poetry and prose—and of poetry and prose.
, first published in 1993, now joins the New Directions canon of a dozen Susan Howe titles.
published December 7th, 2015
Available editions: Paperback and