Studies in Classic American Literature

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Studies in Classic American Literature
Cover of the first edition
AuthorD.H. Lawrence
CountryUnited States
SubjectAmerican literature
PublisherThomas Seltzer
Publication date
Media typePrint

Studies in Classic American Literature is a work of literary criticism by the English writer D. H. Lawrence. It was first published by Thomas Seltzer in the United States in August 1923. The British edition was published in June 1924 by Martin Secker.

The authors discussed include Benjamin Franklin, Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman.


Edmund Wilson described Studies in Classic American Literature as "one of the few first-rate books that have ever been written on the subject" despite "shots that do not hit the mark and moments that are quite hysterical."[1] The critic Harold Bloom listed Studies in Classic American Literature in his The Western Canon (1994) as one of the books that have been important and influential in Western culture.[2] Lawrence's work is generally credited with contributing to the restoration of Herman Melville as a seminal figure in American literature.[3]

Standard editions[edit]

  • Studies in Classic American Literature (1923), edited by Ezra Greenspan, Lindeth Vasey and John Worthen, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-521-55016-5


  1. ^ Wilson, Edmund (1955). The Shock of Recognition (2nd ed.). New York: Grosset & Dunlap. p. 906. OCLC 237130542. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. ^ Bloom, Harold (1994). The Western Canon. Riverhead Books. p. 522.
  3. ^ Marovitz, Sanford (2007). "The Melville Revival". In Kelley, Wyn (ed.). A Companion to Herman Melville. Blackwell. p. 520. ISBN 9780470996782. OCLC 699013659.

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