American Romanticism is one of the earliest forms adopted by American authors. It was the canvas for the first wave of
great American writers. Romanticism stressed nature and indviduality along with the powers of the imagination. It has a broad
range of movements including Trancendentilism made popular by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, it
also included historical fiction like Cooper and Melville. Inside of these range of movements are authors like Washington
Irving and Edgar Allen Poe. Together the Romantics make up the first great American literary generation.