This collection focuses on critics in the United States and Canada. American and German scholars have collaborated in an attempt to present a cross-section of significant figures in New World criticism. The book covers writers from the early nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. Under discussion are Alexis de Tocqueville (John C. Koritansky), Margaret Fuller (Fritz Fleischmann), Henry David Thoreau (Hans-Peter Rodenberg), Henry Adams (Rosita Becke), Thorstein Veblen (Klaus P. Hansen), William E.B. Du Bois (Manning Marable), Henry Louis Mencken (Hartmut Heuermann), Paul Elmer More (J. David Hoeveler), Van Wyck Brooks (James R. Vitelli), Lewis Mumford (Heinz Tschachler), Edmund Wilson (Gary Grieve-Carlson), Kenneth Burke (Paul Jay), Lionel Trilling (Hans-Joachim Lang), Marshall McLuhan (Peter Ludes).