Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers: The Diligent Writers of Early America

Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers: The Diligent Writers of Early America

by Wayne Franklin
     
 

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"Send those on land that will show themselves diligent writers." So urged the "sailing instructions" prepared for explorer Henry Hudson. With distinctive command of the primary texts created by such "diligent writers" as Columbus, William Bradford, and Thomas Jefferson, Wayne Franklin describes how the New World was created from their new words. The long verbal

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"Send those on land that will show themselves diligent writers." So urged the "sailing instructions" prepared for explorer Henry Hudson. With distinctive command of the primary texts created by such "diligent writers" as Columbus, William Bradford, and Thomas Jefferson, Wayne Franklin describes how the New World was created from their new words. The long verbal discovery of America, he asserts, entailed both advance and retreat, sudden insights and blind insistence on old ways of seeing. The discoverers, explorers, and settlers depicted America in words—or via maps, tables, and landscape views—as a complex spatial and political entity, a place where ancient formula and current fact were inevitably at odds.

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Paperback edition of the 1979 publication by the U. of Chicago Press. Franklin (English and American studies, U. of Iowa) surveys a variety of discovery, exploration, and settlement narratives taken from all areas of the New World between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226260723
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.72(d)

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