More giveaway titles from the library of Florida Community College, Downtown Campus:
MUSICAL INFLUENCE OF AMERICAN POETRY, Lenhart, 1956, U of GA.
She starts with the Puritans whom she says weren't so dour when it came to song, having fled the high music period of jolly England, and runs thru the centuries. The author explains in her quick Preface that "this is a study ...of the conscious efforts of poets to duplicate a musical idea, and the kinds of poetry that often resulted. It also considers poetry which is written with only vague musical knowledge, or with the hope of achieving musical sound in verse." The author presents this book as the first to look at the American poet's awareness of music. Specific poets given chapter space are Whitman, Poe & Lanier.
THE SPANISH BACKGROUND OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, Williams, 1968. With illustrations.
I've never heard of George Ticknor but the man wrote a three volume History of Spanish Literature in 1849. Wm Dean Howells, Washington Irving, Bret Harte and a few other men are and their works also described.
THE AMERICAN WAY OF POETRY, Wells, 1943. This is Number 13 in the Columbia Studies of American Culture. Names popping out of the Index include Emily Dickinson, James Crowe Ransom, Whittier, Whitman, Sandburg, Frost, Hart Crane, Jeffers. I'm looking forward to reading this.
MORTAL FIRE, Peter Dale, 1976. Book of verse.
THE ILLUSTRATED LIBRARY OF THE WORLD & ITS PEOPLES: JAPAN, KOREA, Greystone Press, 1964. I couldn't resist this with its marvelous black./white & color illustrations of paintings, photographs, Goddess sculptures, pagodas and more pagodas. There's ample reference to poetry, theatre, prose, poets, writers, dramatists, actors with literature divided into their separate historical periods. A luscious reference book - how could they throw it away?