7. “Shall Not Perish from the Earth”

The Counting of Souls in Jewett, Du Bois, E.A. Robinson, and Frost

  1. Elisa New

Published Online: 28 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch7

New England Beyond Criticism

New England Beyond Criticism

How to Cite

New, E. (ed) (2014) “Shall Not Perish from the Earth”, in New England Beyond Criticism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118854587.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118854532

Online ISBN: 9781118854587



  • America;
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson;
  • New England;
  • regionalism;
  • Robert Frost;
  • Sarah Orne Jewett;
  • W.E.B. Du Bois


In this chapter, four studies, on Sarah Orne Jewett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Robert Frost, are presented to show how the consolidation of regionalism as the region came to be understood as the people's, rather than the section's, sanctuary. What the chapter explores in particular is the region as a stronghold of soul, and the post-bellum rededication of the American continent. The regionalism described here evinces regard for the stamp of personality that diversifies the typical, at the same time as it is friendly to rhetorics, formalizations, and the stylized rhythms of speech, work, and song. In the writings of these four New England authors, the common language is deliberately elevated to carry the stately music of civilization.