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Reynolds, David S. 1948-

Works: 46 works in 266 publications in 3 languages and 21,488 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Poetry  Biographies  Didactic fiction  Handbooks and manuals  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3201, 813.3
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Most widely held works by David S Reynolds
Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography by David S Reynolds( Book )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 2,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the full range of writings by and about Whitman - not just his most famous work but also his earliest poems and stories, his conversations, letters, journals, newspaper writings, and daybooks - Reynolds gives us a full, rounded picture of the man, of his creative blending of disparate ideas and images, and his contradictory stances on race, class, and gender. Whitman's uniqueness is shown to spring primarily from his closeness to and absorption of his contemporary culture. We see how the social convulsions of Jacksonian America were mirrored in the tribulations of the poet's family, and how Whitman's private anguish, which can be felt in his early poems, was swept up in his growing alarm for a nation riven by sectional controversies, political corruption, and class division
John Brown, abolitionist : the man who killed slavery, sparked the Civil War, and seeded civil rights by David S Reynolds( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Brown, the controversial Abolitionist who used terrorist tactics against slavery, single-handedly changed the course of American history. This biography by critic and cultural biographer Reynolds brings to life the Puritan warrior who gripped slavery by the throat and triggered the Civil War. When does principled resistance become anarchic brutality? How can a murderer be viewed as a heroic freedom fighter? The case of John Brown opens windows on these timely issues. Reynolds demonstrates that Brown's most violent acts--his slaughter of unarmed citizens in Kansas, his liberation of slaves in Missouri, and his dramatic raid, in October 1859, on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia--were inspired by the slave revolts, guerrilla warfare, and revolutionary Christianity of the day. He shows us how Brown seized the nation's attention, creating sudden unity in the North and infuriating the South. He reveals the true depth of Brown's achievement: not only did Brown spark the war that ended slavery, but he planted the seeds of the civil rights movement by making a pioneering demand for complete social and political equality for America's ethnic minorities
Beneath the American Renaissance : the subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and Melville by David S Reynolds( Book )

48 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of prominent 19th century American writers shows how they assimilated themes and images from popular culture into their art, particulary sensationalistic literature that addressed controversial themes such as religion, slavery, sexual mores, and workers' and women's rights
Mightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's cabin and the battle for America by David S Reynolds( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncle Tom's Cabin is perhaps the most influential and iconic novel ever written by an American. In this cultural history, the author not only charts the factors that conspired to make Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel an instant bestseller but also traces the novel's political, cultural, and social legacy up to the present day. As the author reveals, the American imagination was primed for Stowe's novel. A member of a prominent, reform-minded New England family, Stowe drew from all realms of culture, high and low, from religion, thrillers, and slave narratives to create a uniquely American text, one that would advocate on behalf of the oppressed and pave the way for a more egalitarian democracy. By illustrating the evils of slavery with a moving, character-driven story (which Stowe claimed was inspired by her own divine visions) Uncle Tom's Cabin accelerated the rise of abolitionism in the North. In the South, it met with contrasting reactions: it appealed to some with its portrayal of kind southerners and evil northerner, Simon Legree, while others could not condemn it enough. Could a single book have fueled the war? The author investigates whether this one woman could have led the country to break apart. In the wake of the war, Uncle Tom's Cabin influenced emancipation causes worldwide, during that century and the next. And, despite the legalized segregation of the Jim Crow era, it remained popular, being spun off into traveling shows, silent films, advertising campaigns, cartoons, and merchandise ranging from figurines, to card games. The Southern backlash to it also spawned works as The Clansman; its film version, The Birth of a Nation; and even Gone with the Wind. In a tribute to the two hundredth anniversary of Harriet Beecher Stowe's birth, the author reveals the impact of Stowe's book not only on the abolitionist movement and the American Civil War but also on worldwide events, including the end of serfdom in Russia, down to its influence in the twentieth century. He explores how both Stowe's background as the daughter in a famously intellectual family of preachers and her religious visions were fundamental to the novel. And he demonstrates why the book was beloved by millions, and won over even some southerners, while fueling lasting conflicts over the meaning of America
Waking giant : America in the age of Jackson by David S Reynolds( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America experienced unprecedented expansion and turmoil in the years between 1815 and 1848. Historian David S. Reynolds illuminates the period's political story as well as the social and cultural movements that influenced it. He casts fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation's territory and strengthened its position internationally. Waking Giant captures the turbulence of a democracy in the throes of the controversy over slavery, the rise of capitalism, and the birth of urbanization. Reynolds reveals dimensions of the Second Great Awakening with its sects, cults, and self-styled prophets. He uncovers the political roots of some of America's greatest authors and artists, and brings to life the reformers, abolitionists, and temperance advocates who struggled to correct America's worst social ills.--From publisher description
Walt Whitman by David S Reynolds( Book )

20 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this brief but bountiful volume, David S. Reynolds offers a wealth of insight into the life and work of Walt Whitman, examining the author through the lens of nineteenth-century America." "Reynolds shows how Whitman responded to contemporary theater, music, painting, photography, science, religion, and sex. But perhaps nothing influenced Whitman more than the political events of his lifetime, as the struggle over slavery threatened to rip apart the national fabric." "Readers will also discover how from the new medium of photography Whitman learned democratic realism and offered in his poetry "photographs" of common people engaged in everyday activities. Reynolds concludes with an appraisal of Whitman's impact on American letters, an influence that remains strong today."--Jacket
A historical guide to Walt Whitman( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few authors are so well suited to historical study as Whitman, who is widely considered America's greatest poet. This Guide combines contemporary cultural studies and historical scholarship to illuminate Whitman's diverse contexts. The essays explore dimensions of Whitman's dynamic relationship to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visual arts, and the idea of democracy. The poet who emerges from this volume is no "solitary singer," distanced from his culture, but what he himself called "the age transfigured," fully enmeshed in his times and addressing issues that are still vital today
Faith in fiction : the emergence of religious literature in America by David S Reynolds( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leaves of grass by Walt Whitman( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a reprint of the 1855 edition of Whitman's collection of poems, providing the typeface, design, and layout of the original version, including and afterword by Whitman authority David S. Reynolds, discussing its background, reception, and contribution to literary history
The serpent in the cup : temperance in American literature by David S Reynolds( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Lippard by David S Reynolds( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Lippard, prophet of protest : writings of an American radical, 1822-1854 by George Lippard( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Life among the lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. The 1853 edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin -- known as the "Splendid Edition" -- includes 117 detailed, evocative illustrations by Hammatt Billings. An introduction by Bancroft-winning historian David S. Reynolds provides a general introduction discussing the history of the Splendid Edition and the role Stowe's novel played in fomenting the Civil War, a role reinforced by the story that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, he declared, "So this is the little lady who made this big war." The quote is apocryphal, but it has no doubt endured as it expresses a greater truth about the book's influence on readers of the time
Venus in Boston : and other tales of nineteenth-century city life by George Thompson( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Quaker City, or, The monks of Monk Hall : a romance of Philadelphia life, mystery, and crime by George Lippard( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's best-selling novel in its time, The Quaker City, published in 1845, is a sensational expose of social corruption, personal debauchery, and the sexual exploitation of women in antebellum Philadelphia. This new edition, with an introduction by David S. Reynolds, brings back into print this important work by George Lippard (1822-1854), a journalist, freethinker, and labor and social reformer
Lincoln's selected writings : authoritative texts : Lincoln in his era : modern views by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln's Selected Writings includes a rich selection of his public and private letters, speeches, eulogies, proposals, debate transcriptions, addresses (including the First and Second Inaugurals), and more. The texts are accompanied by explanatory annotations, a detailed preface, a note on the texts, and a list of abbreviations. Lincoln's writings are followed by contemporary responses to him in poems, songs, and articles; representations of Lincoln in modern imaginative and nonfiction writing; and selections from recent cross-disciplinary studies of Lincoln-including discussions of his literary techniques and oratorical style as well as examinations of his political evolution in new cultural and social contexts. Among the many contributors are Horace Greeley, Jesse Hutchinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karl Marx, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Victor Hugo, and Walt Whitman. "Modern Views" presents sixteen major interpretations of Lincoln's life, work, and legacy carefully chosen to promote discussion
Waking giant : America in the age of Jackson by David S Reynolds( Recording )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of political events between 1815 and 1848 evaluates their role in shaping American culture, covering such topics as the slavery controversy, the rise of capitalism, and the birth of urbanization
The American transcendentalists : Concord, Massachusetts( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ideas and ideals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller continue to shape the discourse of literature, philosophy, and religion in America. This program traces the origins and defines the concept of Transcendentalism; spotlights key landmarks in and around Concord, where the Transcendental movement got its start; and profiles Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller in depth
Leaves of grass by Walt Whitman( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American letters and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other editions of Leaves of Grass, which reproduce various short, early versions, this Modern Library Paperback Classics "Death-bed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes. From the Trade Paperback edition
Transatlantic sensations by John Cyril Barton( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bringing together sensation writing and transatlantic studies, this collection makes a convincing case for the symbiotic relationship between literary works on both sides of the Atlantic. The evolution of the genre is traced from early sentimental and gothic fiction through works by authors such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, George Lippard and George Thompson, concluding with a reassessment of realist and domestic fiction in the context of transatlantic sensationalism
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Walt Whitman's America : a cultural biography
Alternative Names
David S. Reynolds American historian

David S. Reynolds Amerikaans literatuurcriticus

David S. Reynolds historiador estadounidense

David S. Reynolds US-amerikanischer Historiker

Reynolds, David 1948-

Reynolds, David Spencer.

Reynolds, David Spencer 1948-

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John Brown, abolitionist : the man who killed slavery, sparked the Civil War, and seeded civil rightsBeneath the American Renaissance : the subversive imagination in the age of Emerson and MelvilleMightier than the sword : Uncle Tom's cabin and the battle for AmericaWaking giant : America in the age of JacksonWalt WhitmanA historical guide to Walt WhitmanFaith in fiction : the emergence of religious literature in AmericaLeaves of grass