The chapter on "The American art" is reprinted from the Atlantic monthly magazine. The other chapters are selected from the author's lectures as exchange professor in Japan. cf. Pref.
Clearing the way.--Discovery and exploration.--Possessing the continent.--Provincial America in literature.--Sectional literature.--National literature.--The American in art.--School and college.--University and research work.--The American and his government.--Country and people.