By Richard Gray
- A short heritage of yankee Literature bargains scholars and common readers a concise and up to date historical past of the total diversity of yankee writing from its origins till the current day.
- Represents the one up to date concise heritage of yankee literature
- Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, in addition to having a look at other kinds of literature together with folktales, spirituals, the detective tale, the mystery and technology fiction
- Considers how our knowing of yankee literature has replaced during the last twenty years
- Offers scholars an abridged model of History of yankee Literature, a publication commonly thought of the traditional survey text
- Provides a useful creation to the topic for college kids of yank literature, American reviews and all these attracted to the literature and tradition of the United States
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His “first entry” into the city of Philadelphia in 1723, for instance, is described in detail. And what he emphasizes is his sorry appearance and poverty. ” Whatever the truth of this story, Franklin is also clearly constructing a myth here, one that was to become familiar in American narratives. This 24 The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods is the self-made man as hero, on his first appearance, poor and unknown and unprotected, entering a world that he then proceeds to conquer. That Franklin was able to rise to affluence and reputation from these humble beginnings was due, he tells the reader, not only to self-help and self-reliance but to self-reinvention.
For Franklin, America really was the land of opportunity. It was also a land of tolerance, common sense, and reason, where people could and should be left free to toil usefully for themselves and their community, as he had done. Typically, he turned such beliefs into a matter of political practice as well as principle, working on behalf of his colonial home, then his country, for most of his life. In 1757 and 1775, for example, he made two lengthy trips to England, to serve as colonial agent. After the second trip, he returned to Philadelphia just in time to serve in the Continental Congress and to be chosen as a member of that committee which eventually drafted the Declaration of Independence.
28 The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods A writer who shared Crevecoeur’s belief in the possibilities of American society was Thomas Paine (1737–1809). Unlike Crevecoeur, however, Paine was unambiguously enthusiastic about the Revolution. Born in England, Paine arrived in America in 1774. He remained for only thirteen years, but his impact on America’s developing vision of itself was enormous. In 1776 Paine published Common Sense, which argued for American independence and the formation of a republican government.
A Brief History of American Literature by Richard Gray