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Among English Hedgerows

Excerpt from Among English Hedgerows Irving's Sketch Book was one of the first success ful essays made on this continent in the field of litera ture, and its charm lay quite as much in its choice of themes as in its felicity of style. The new country had cut the political ties which united it with the old country, and was on the point of asserting its intel lectual independence. Emerson's striking address on The American Scholar, which Dr. Holmes has very happily called our declaration of intellectual inde pendence, was not delivered until 1832; but that independence was really achieved by Irving, Bryant, and Cooper more than a decade earlier. The new nation began then to turn its gaze away from Europe toward its own future; but in thus formally assert ing its right to live by its own insight and for its own aims, it was severing neither the racial nor the spiritual ties which bound it to the mother country; in assum ing the privileges of an independent career, it was put ting itself in position to enjoy and love the older world in a nobler fashion. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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