In the Day of Poe and Melville

Edel, Leon
June 1956
New Republic;6/4/56, Vol. 134 Issue 23, p22
This article focuses on the book "The Raven and the Whale," by Perry Miller. Miller's landscape, for all the detail of its foreground, is large: it is the province and the metropolis, New England versus New York, or by extension, the New World versus the Old. The first impression given by this book is that its canvas is too crowded; too many people occupy the scene. "The Raven and the Whale," is filled with animated sketches of the literary busy-bodies of a century ago. There is a distinct design in Professor Miller's composition and a wilful recreation of the brouhaha which surrounded authors Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville during the 1840 decade.


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