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Smith, Henry Nash

Overview
Works: 157 works in 604 publications in 5 languages and 16,988 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Humorous fiction  Bildungsromans  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  History  Fantasy fiction  Historical fiction  Time-travel fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, pre
Classifications: PS1305, 813.4
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Henry Nash Smith
Virgin land; the American West as symbol and myth by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

148 editions published between 1950 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 3,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spell that the West has always exercised on the American people had its most intense impact on American literature and thought during the nineteenth century. Henry Nash Smith shows, with vast comprehension, the influence of the nineteenth-century West in all its variety and strength, in special relation to social, economic, cultural, and political forces. He traces the myths and symbols of the Westward movement such as the general notion of a Westward- moving Course of Empire, the Wild Western hero, the virtuous yeoman- farmer--in such varied nineteenth- century writings as Leaves of Grass, the great corpus of Dime Novels, and most notably, Frederick Jackson Turner?s The Frontier in American History. Moreover, he synthesizes the imaginative expression of Western myths and symbols in literature with their role in contemporary politics, economics, and society, embodied in such forms as the idea of Manifest Destiny, the conflict in the American mind between idealizations of primitivism on the one hand and of progress and civilization on the other, the Homestead Act of 1862, and public-land policy after the Civil War. The myths of the American West that found their expression in nineteenth- century words and deeds remain a part of every American?s heritage, and Smith, with his insight into their power and significance, makes possible a critical appreciation of that heritage
Letters from the earth by Mark Twain( Book )

27 editions published between 1938 and 1991 in English and held by 2,662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of letters and essays by the author of "Tom Sawyer."
Mark Twain; a collection of critical essays by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

32 editions published between 1863 and 1986 in English and held by 2,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mirrors the changing morals of the United States literary climate, from the search for the "usable past" of the 1920's, through the social realism of the '30's, to the psychological symbolism of the '40's and 50's
Mark Twain : the development of a writer by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

33 editions published between 1962 and 1996 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book considers first the problems of style and structure Mark Twain faced at the outset of his career, and then traces his handling of these problems in nine of his principal works. Since questions of technique necessarily involve questions of meaning, I have dealt also with his ethical ideas. The inquiry leads ultimately to the consideration of how his writing reveals a conflict between the dominant culture of his day and an emergent attitude associated with the vernacular language of the native American humorists. - Preface
Democracy and the novel : popular resistance to classic American writers by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

17 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain-Howells letters : the correspondence of Samuel L. Clemens and William D. Howells, 1872-1910 by Mark Twain( Book )

21 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first comprehensive collection of correspondence between Mark Twain and his editor William D. Howells. The publishing practices and critical attitudes of the period are variously documented here as it showcases the Gilded Age in American writing
Popular culture and industrialism, 1865-1890 by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

23 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain's fable of progress : political and economic ideas in "A Connecticut Yankee." by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

15 editions published between 1964 and 1966 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected Mark Twain-Howells letters, 1872-1910 by Mark Twain( Book )

11 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and Italian and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A blow on the head transports a Yankee to 528 A.D. where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur's kingdom by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain( Book )

17 editions published between 1958 and 1985 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This novel 'begins with Huck's escape from his drunken, brutal father to the river, where he meets up with Jim, a runaway slave. The story of their journey downstream, with occasional forays into the society along the banks, is an American classic that captures the smells, rhythms, and sounds, the variety of dialects and the human activity of life on the great river. It is also a penetrating social commentary that reveals corruption, moral decay, and intellectual impoverishment through Huck and Jim's encounters with traveling actors and con men, lynch mobs, thieves, and Southern gentility.'" Reader's Ency. 4th edition
American literature, culture, and ideology : essays in memory of Henry Nash Smith( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain : San Francisco Virginia City Territorial enterprise correspondent : selections from his letters to the Territorial enterprise, 1865-1866 by Allen Press( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twain wrote these columns in San Francisco while trying to get out of debt. They are humorous views of life in 1865-1866
Terres vierges. De l'Ouest americain considéré comme symbole et comme mythe [Virgin Land by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How true are dreams? : the theme of fantasy in Mark Twain's later work by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The controversy at the University of Texas, 1939-1945 by Henry Nash Smith( )

2 editions published in 1945 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The prairie by James Fenimore Cooper( Book )

20 editions published between 1950 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sequel to The Pioneers finds Natty going West and opposing the destruction of the land of the animals
Der Lewismaler : (Polygnotos II) by H. R. W Smith( Book )

9 editions published between 1939 and 1974 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The controversy at the University of Texas, 1939-1946, a documentary history by Henry Nash Smith( Book )

3 editions published in 1946 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain of the Enterprise : newspaper articles & other documents, 1862-1864 by Mark Twain( Book )

10 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Virgin land; the American West as symbol and myth
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Letters from the earthAdventures of Huckleberry Finn
Alternative Names
Henry Nash Smith Amerikaans specialist in literatuur (1906-1986)

Henry Nash Smith crítico literario estadounidense

Henry Nash Smith US-amerikanischer Kultur- und Literaturwissenschaftler

Nash Smith, Henry 1906-1986

Smith, Henry N.

Smith, Henry N. 1906-1986

Smith, Henry Nash 1906-1986

Smith, Henry Roy William 1906-1987

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Languages
English (400)

German (9)

French (4)

Polish (2)

Italian (1)