Originally published in 1898. PREFACE: The paper that follows is a preliminary contribution to the study of American Literature from 1815 to 1833. Both the magnitude of the subject and the nature of the data that must be obtained, have made it impossible to attain even approximate completeness. The exact direction of the studies that have been pursued was determined partly by the nature of the subject, and partly by circumstances......Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.