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1 November 2001 “HERO OF KNOWLEDGE, BE OUR TRIBUTE THINE:” ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT IN VICTORIAN AMERICA
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Alexander von Humboldt has been a neglected figure in American intellectual and cultural history. His visit to the United States in 1804, his many connections with American scientists, explorers, politicians, writers, and artists, and the wide popularity of his books, all show Humboldt to be of great significance to nineteenth-century America. This essay traces the course of Humboldt's fame in Victorian America, the reasons for his special connection with the United States and for the precipitous decline in his reputation, and closes with a consideration of Humboldt's legacy in American art and literature.

Laura Dassow Walls "“HERO OF KNOWLEDGE, BE OUR TRIBUTE THINE:” ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT IN VICTORIAN AMERICA," Northeastern Naturalist 8(sp1), 121-134, (1 November 2001). https://doi.org/10.1656/1092-6194(2001)8[121:HOKBOT]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 November 2001
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