By Nicholas O. Warner
Spirits of the United States is the 1st book-length research of intoxication as represented in nineteenth-century American literature. Emphasizing the writings of such significant figures as Emerson, Dickinson, Poe, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, and Stowe, Nicholas O. Warner combines literary research with sociohistorical views to envision social and literary discourses of intoxicant use. Warner analyzes the literary remedy of alcoholism, drunkenness, "normal" ingesting, drug habit, and intoxicant selection, exhibiting how those concerns tie in with better, the most important questions in American tradition comparable to own and political freedom, gender roles, individualism as opposed to conformity, and the yank Dream. In demonstrating either the literal and symbolic importance of intoxication in antebellum literature, the writer unearths the dazzling quantity to which intoxication grew to become linked to literature itself and with supposedly literary values, in preference to these of the rising industrial-capitalist kingdom. Spirits of the US demonstrates the pervasiveness, complexity, and importance of a regularly overlooked yet very important topic in American literature, one who touches on uncomplicated points of human habit, conception, and awareness and that has preoccupied lots of our best writers. an important contribution to the sphere of yankee reports, this ebook will entice literary students, historians, and someone with an curiosity in problems with alcohol and drug use.