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av Christopher Sten (Redaktör), Abigail Adams (Bidragsgivare), Christian Hines (Bidragsgivare), Washington Irving (Bidragsgivare), George Watterson (Bidragsgivare)66 till, Margaret Bayard Smith (Bidragsgivare), James Fenimore Cooper (Bidragsgivare), Frances Trollope (Bidragsgivare), Alexis de Tocqueville (Bidragsgivare), Charles Dickens (Bidragsgivare), Herman Melville (Bidragsgivare), Black Hawk (Bidragsgivare), John Greenleaf Whittier (Bidragsgivare), Ralph Emerson (Bidragsgivare), William Wells Brown (Bidragsgivare), Solomon Northup (Bidragsgivare), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Bidragsgivare), Louisa Alcott (Bidragsgivare), Walt Whitman (Bidragsgivare), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (Bidragsgivare), Upton Sinclair (Bidragsgivare), Mark Twain (Bidragsgivare), Charles Dudley Warner (Bidragsgivare), John William DeForest (Bidragsgivare), Bret Harte (Bidragsgivare), Frederick Douglass (Bidragsgivare), Henry Adams (Bidragsgivare), Frances Hodgson Burnett (Bidragsgivare), Gertrude Atherton (Bidragsgivare), Booker T. Washington (Bidragsgivare), Henry James (Bidragsgivare), David Graham Phillips (Bidragsgivare), Anna Cooper (Bidragsgivare), Paul Laurence Dunbar (Bidragsgivare), Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (Bidragsgivare), Mary Church Terrell (Bidragsgivare), W. E. B. Du Bois (Bidragsgivare), Edward Christopher Williams (Bidragsgivare), Alain Locke (Bidragsgivare), Langston Hughes (Bidragsgivare), Ralph Ellison (Bidragsgivare), Mario Bencastro (Bidragsgivare), Sinclair Lewis (Bidragsgivare), Jean Toomer (Bidragsgivare), Willa Cather (Bidragsgivare), Samuel Hopkins Adams (Bidragsgivare), John Dos Passos (Bidragsgivare), Louis J. Halle (Bidragsgivare), Marita Golden (Bidragsgivare), Edward Jones (Bidragsgivare), Thomas Mallon (Bidragsgivare), Andrew Holleran (Bidragsgivare), Sterling A. Brown (Bidragsgivare), Allen Tate (Bidragsgivare), Archibald MacLeish (Bidragsgivare), Elizabeth Bishop (Bidragsgivare), Allen Ginsberg (Bidragsgivare), Denise Levertov (Bidragsgivare), May Miller (Bidragsgivare), Reed Whittemore (Bidragsgivare), E. Miller (Bidragsgivare), Allen Drury (Bidragsgivare), Gore Vidal (Bidragsgivare), Norman Mailer (Bidragsgivare), Ward Just (Bidragsgivare), Mary McCarthy (Bidragsgivare), Robert Coover (Bidragsgivare), Joseph Heller (Bidragsgivare), Susan Richards Shreve (Bidragsgivare), George P. Pelecanos (Bidragsgivare), Joan Didion (Bidragsgivare)

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Washington, D.C., has long been a magnet for writers and an object of interest and fascination to essayists, novelists, and poets. Literary Capital offers a compelling portrait of the city through the work of seventy authors ranging from early Americans such as Abigail Adams and Washington Irving to contemporaries such as Edward P. Jones and Joan Didion. Arranged by both period and theme, this anthology begins with the founding of Washington in 1800 and extends through the early twenty-first century. In the introduction Christopher Sten explores two broad categories of prose--historical writing focused on politics and writing about the lives and times of the people of D.C. with official Washington as the setting. Sten also defines a core group of "Washington writers," native and naturalized authors who focus much of their work on the city: Frederick Douglass, Henry Adams, Jean Toomer, John Dos Passos, Gore Vidal, Ward Just, and Susan Richards Shreve, among others. Included are letters, essays, short stories, poems, and excerpts from novels and historical writings by a broad selection of such renowned American and international authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Alexis de Tocqueville, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, and Joseph Heller. The reader also incorporates many writings by well-known African American authors, including Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jean Toomer, Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes, May Miller, Ralph Ellison, and Marita Golden.… (mer)
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Titel:Literary Capital: A Washington Reader
Författare:Christopher Sten (Redaktör)
Andra författare:Abigail Adams (Bidragsgivare), Christian Hines (Bidragsgivare), Washington Irving (Bidragsgivare), George Watterson (Bidragsgivare), Margaret Bayard Smith (Bidragsgivare)65 till, James Fenimore Cooper (Bidragsgivare), Frances Trollope (Bidragsgivare), Alexis de Tocqueville (Bidragsgivare), Charles Dickens (Bidragsgivare), Herman Melville (Bidragsgivare), Black Hawk (Bidragsgivare), John Greenleaf Whittier (Bidragsgivare), Ralph Emerson (Bidragsgivare), William Wells Brown (Bidragsgivare), Solomon Northup (Bidragsgivare), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Bidragsgivare), Louisa Alcott (Bidragsgivare), Walt Whitman (Bidragsgivare), Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (Bidragsgivare), Upton Sinclair (Bidragsgivare), Mark Twain (Bidragsgivare), Charles Dudley Warner (Bidragsgivare), John William DeForest (Bidragsgivare), Bret Harte (Bidragsgivare), Frederick Douglass (Bidragsgivare), Henry Adams (Bidragsgivare), Frances Hodgson Burnett (Bidragsgivare), Gertrude Atherton (Bidragsgivare), Booker T. Washington (Bidragsgivare), Henry James (Bidragsgivare), David Graham Phillips (Bidragsgivare), Anna Cooper (Bidragsgivare), Paul Laurence Dunbar (Bidragsgivare), Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (Bidragsgivare), Mary Church Terrell (Bidragsgivare), W. E. B. Du Bois (Bidragsgivare), Edward Christopher Williams (Bidragsgivare), Alain Locke (Bidragsgivare), Langston Hughes (Bidragsgivare), Ralph Ellison (Bidragsgivare), Mario Bencastro (Bidragsgivare), Sinclair Lewis (Bidragsgivare), Jean Toomer (Bidragsgivare), Willa Cather (Bidragsgivare), Samuel Hopkins Adams (Bidragsgivare), John Dos Passos (Bidragsgivare), Louis J. Halle (Bidragsgivare), Marita Golden (Bidragsgivare), Edward Jones (Bidragsgivare), Thomas Mallon (Bidragsgivare), Andrew Holleran (Bidragsgivare), Sterling A. Brown (Bidragsgivare), Allen Tate (Bidragsgivare), Archibald MacLeish (Bidragsgivare), Elizabeth Bishop (Bidragsgivare), Allen Ginsberg (Bidragsgivare), Denise Levertov (Bidragsgivare), May Miller (Bidragsgivare), Reed Whittemore (Bidragsgivare), E. Miller (Bidragsgivare), Allen Drury (Bidragsgivare), Gore Vidal (Bidragsgivare), Norman Mailer (Bidragsgivare), Ward Just (Bidragsgivare), Mary McCarthy (Bidragsgivare), Robert Coover (Bidragsgivare), Joseph Heller (Bidragsgivare), Susan Richards Shreve (Bidragsgivare), George P. Pelecanos (Bidragsgivare), Joan Didion (Bidragsgivare)
Info:University of Georgia Press (2011), 424 pages
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Writings from Washington

Generally, New York has been recognized as the intellectual center of America, but Christopher Sten's Literary Capital re-examines that theory in his anthology of 71 writers who visited or lived in Washington between 1800 and 2010.

Many appear to have viewed the city as rich and culturally satisfying. During the past 200 years, gaggles of people have flowed in: journalists, tourists, novelists, job hunters, celebrated writers Mark Twain and James Fenimore Cooper, and activists such as Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

At the turn of the 19th century, Abigail Adams, the second first lady, spent abbreviated visits in the nation's capital, but she complained about the unfinished, unfurnished, drafty president's house. It had no bells to call the servants, nor impressive places to shop, "even in the nearby village of George Town."

Frances Trollope, mother of novelist Anthony, traveled from Europe with great anticipation. In her 1832 Domestic Manners of the Americans, she wrote, "I was delighted with the whole aspect of Washington; light, cheerful, and airy, it reminded me of our fashionable watering-places…"

Meanwhile, Charles Dickens and Alexis de Tocqueville also showed, briefly, as would Herman Melville. The novelist was expecting to receive a political appointment, but it never materialized. Instead, he satirized Congress in Mardi, and a Voyage Thither.

During the middle of the 19th century Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and William Wells Brown published and preached vigorously in favor of abolition and against the overt and legal District of Columbia slave trade.

In the midst of the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott arrived to tend to the injured, while Walt Whitman labored diligently as a hospital nurse. He kept copious journals, befriended Abraham Lincoln, and witnessed his death. He wrote, "And in the midst of that night-pandemonium of senseless hate, infuriated soldiers, the audience and the crowd—the stage, and all its actors and actresses… were the accompaniments of the death of President Lincoln. So suddenly and in murder and horror unsurpass'd he was taken from us. But his death was painless."

Elizabeth Keckley, also accounted for in this compendium, was born a slave and eventually turned into the seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln.

Dr. Sten, a literature professor at GW, reminds us that after the war, African-Americans encountered a period of optimism: more freedoms, a better selection of job opportunities, and higher salaries.

Frederick Douglass, however, remained disillusioned with the District. As a capital, the location was below his standards:

"…I have no hesitation in saying that the selection of Washington as the National Capital was one of the greatest mistakes made by the fathers of the Republic…"

Then, in the 1890s Jim Crow—the new law of the land—upturned everything. During that reign of repression, the activist essayist Mary Church Terrell recalled her disquieting experiences in What It Means to Be Colored in the Capital of the United States. She wrote, "…As a colored woman I might enter Washington any night, a stranger in a strange land, and walk miles without finding a place to lay my head. Unless I happened to know colored people who live here or ran across a chance acquaintance who could recommend a colored boarding-house to me, I should be obliged to spend the entire night wandering about. Indians, Chinamen, Filipinos, Japanese and representatives of any other dark race can find hotel accommodations, if they can pay for them. The colored man alone is thrust out of the hotels of the national capital like a leper…"

Later, Sinclair Lewis and Willa Cather turned up, as did Langston Hughes, who was "discovered" while working as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel.

Ralph Ellison and John Dos Passos also reached Washington, along with Allen Drury, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, and Ward Just.

By the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the "muckrakers" had entered, too. Joseph Heller criticized the government's ways in Good as Gold, Mary McCarthy reported about Watergate, and Joan Didion reprimanded politicians.

Dr. Sten also showcases a kaleidoscopic cluster of poets: Sterling A. Brown, Allen Tate, Archibald MacLeish, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, Reed Whittemore, Denise Levertov, and May Miller.

This is the perfect book for a literature course or a devotee of Americana. Literary Capital illuminates an old Washington that is unknown to many. It deservedly rescues some authors from the edge of near nonremembrance.

—David Bruce Smith, BA '79

This review originally appeared in GWmagazine
http://www.gwu.edu/~magazine/2011_fall_late/dept_faculty.html ( )
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Washington, D.C., has long been a magnet for writers and an object of interest and fascination to essayists, novelists, and poets. Literary Capital offers a compelling portrait of the city through the work of seventy authors ranging from early Americans such as Abigail Adams and Washington Irving to contemporaries such as Edward P. Jones and Joan Didion. Arranged by both period and theme, this anthology begins with the founding of Washington in 1800 and extends through the early twenty-first century. In the introduction Christopher Sten explores two broad categories of prose--historical writing focused on politics and writing about the lives and times of the people of D.C. with official Washington as the setting. Sten also defines a core group of "Washington writers," native and naturalized authors who focus much of their work on the city: Frederick Douglass, Henry Adams, Jean Toomer, John Dos Passos, Gore Vidal, Ward Just, and Susan Richards Shreve, among others. Included are letters, essays, short stories, poems, and excerpts from novels and historical writings by a broad selection of such renowned American and international authors as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Alexis de Tocqueville, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, and Joseph Heller. The reader also incorporates many writings by well-known African American authors, including Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jean Toomer, Sterling A. Brown, Langston Hughes, May Miller, Ralph Ellison, and Marita Golden.

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