Personal Networks and a First Draft of the Literary Canon

  Rufus W. Griswold.  Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library

Rufus W. Griswold. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library

I recently made a research trip to the Boston Public Library to view some of the papers of Rufus W. Griswold. He was an anthologist who assembled a landmark (though problematic) collection of writings by The Prose Writers of America in 1847.

I wrote up some of my early thoughts in a post for The Junto, reflecting on the ways Griswold's personal relationships seem to have influenced his choices of which writings to include—choices that may influence what we remember about early American writing today. You can view the post here.