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The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson / Edition 1
     

The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson / Edition 1

by Edward Kimber, Nicholas Mason, Matthew Mason
 

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ISBN-10: 1551117037

ISBN-13: 9781551117034

Pub. Date: 11/13/2008

Publisher: Broadview Press

In 1754 the British adventurer, compiler, and novelist Edward Kimber published The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson. Rooted in a tale Kimber heard while exploring the Atlantic seaboard, Mr. Anderson is the novelist’s transatlantic tale of slavery, Indian relations, and frontier life. Having been kidnapped in England, transported

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In 1754 the British adventurer, compiler, and novelist Edward Kimber published The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson. Rooted in a tale Kimber heard while exploring the Atlantic seaboard, Mr. Anderson is the novelist’s transatlantic tale of slavery, Indian relations, and frontier life. Having been kidnapped in England, transported across the Middle Passage, and sold to a brutal Maryland planter as a white slave, Tom Anderson gains his freedom and in rapid succession becomes a successful trader, a war hero, and a friend to slave, Indian, Quebecois, and Englishman alike. Still engaging 250 years after its original publication, Mr. Anderson offers a rich and varied portrayal of the mid-eighteenth-century Atlantic world.

This Broadview edition features an introduction by both a literary scholar and a historian, elaborating on significant themes in the novel. The appendices include an extensive selection of documents—some unpublished elsewhere—further contextualizing many of those themes, including slavery, British representations of colonial America, and eighteenth-century British literature’s emphasis on sensibility and the “cult of feeling.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551117034
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
11/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
820,447
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Edward Kimber: A Brief Chronology
Maps

  1. Northwest Europe
  2. Colonial America
  3. The Chesapeake Region

A Note on Eighteenth-Century Currency
A Note on the Text

The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson

Appendix A: Kimber’s Other Writings on North America and Slavery

  1. From A Relation, or Journal, of a Late Expedition to the Gates of St. Augustine (1744)
  2. “Fidenia: Or, the Explanation” (March 1744)
  3. From “Itinerant Observations in America” (1745–46)
  4. From “Itinerant Observations in America” (July 1746)
  5. From The Life and Adventures of Joe Thompson (1750)

Appendix B: British Attitudes Toward Colonial America

  1. From Ebenezer Cook, The Sot-weed Factor (1708)
  2. From Richard Steele, “The History of Inkle and Yarico” (13 March 1711)
  3. From Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722)

Appendix C: Slavery and Servitude

  1. From James Revel, The Poor Unhappy Transported Felon’s Sorrowful Account of His Fourteen Years Transportation at Virginia in America (ca. 1660–80)
  2. From John Locke, “Of Slavery” (1690)
  3. Mary Barber, “On Seeing the Captives, Lately Redeem’d from Barbary by His Majesty” (1734)
  4. From James Annesley, Memoirs of an Unfortunate Young Nobleman, Return’d from a Thirteen Years Slavery in America (1743)
  5. From Malachy Postlethwayt, The African Trade, the Great Support of the British Plantation Trade in America (1745)

Appendix D: Novels in the Mid-Eighteenth Century

  1. From Lord Chesterfield, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son, Philip Stanhope, Esq. (ca. 1740)
  2. From Samuel Johnson, “Rambler No. 4” (31 March 1750)
  3. From Samuel Richardson, The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753–54)

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