In the American Grain

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Essays by William Carlos Williams, published in 1925.

In 20 impressionistic essays on significant persons of the western hemisphere, chronologically from Eric the Red to Lincoln, and including Cotton Mather, Franklin, and Poe among writers, Williams treats the ways in which these men viewed new worlds, often employing their own words so as to convey their ways of vision and expression. The emphasis on discovery, the idealistic conception of liberty and freedom, and the opposition to Puritanism as a doctrine of denial mark the book as a precursor of elements of Paterson, White Mule, and other later writings by Williams.

Subjects: Literature.

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William Carlos Williams (1883—1963) American poet, essayist, novelist, and short-story writer

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