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Soon, he was writing his own poetry, some of it in response to the news, and some to memorialize the dead relatives of his friends. In 1862, badly shaken up in a carriage accident while driving with his friend Joseph E. A. Smith, editor of the Berkshire Evening Eagle, he sold Arrowhead to his brother Allan and moved his family to a brownstone at 104 East 26th Street in Manhattan. Walking in Manhattan, browsing through stacks of old books, prints, and engravings had a rejuvenating effect. In 1864, he felt spry enough to take the train to Washington for a visit to his cousin Colonel Henry Gansevoort in his camp and even rode out with a scouting party pursuing Mosby’s Raiders.
Robertson-Lorant, Laurie. Melville: A Biography. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1996; Boston and Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998. A Companion to Herman Melville Edited by Wyn Kelley Copyright © 2006 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2 Cosmopolitanism and Traveling Culture Peter Gibian Cosmopolitanism and American Literature When people first hear the words ‘‘cosmopolitan’’ and ‘‘American Literature’’ in the same sentence, they tend to think of the early twentieth century. Two major waves of famous American writers went abroad in that era to put American writing at the forefront of international literary developments, forging an American literature centered on the ‘‘International Theme’’ and defining an international modernism fundamentally concerned with issues of cosmopolitanism in what was seen as a newly ‘‘cosmopolitan’’ world.
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