Vernon L. Parrington


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scholar of American literature, professor at the University of Washington (1908–29), whose books include The Connecticut Wits (1926), Sinclair Lewis, Our Own Diogenes (1927), and Main Currents in American Thought (3 vols., 1927–30). The last work, of which the third volume was left incomplete, is a historical examination of American ideas and their primary expression in literature, written from the point of view of a Jeffersonian liberal. The first two volumes were awarded a Pulitzer Prize (1928) and the entire work influenced others to reevaluate American literature, following him in an economic interpretation of literary movements.

Subjects: Literature.

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