The Man Without a Country

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The Man Without a Country by Edward E. Hale, Nella F. Binckley

"The Man Without a Country" first appeared in the Atlantic Monthlyfor December, 1863. It was the author's wish that it be published anonymously, in the hope that it might be ascribed to some officer of the Navy; but unfortunately, the man who compiled the year's index for the magazine, which was mailed with the December number, recognized Dr. Hale's handwriting, and gave him credit for it in the index.

The story was written during the darkest period of the Civil War, and this war is perhaps the gloomiest period in the history of our great republic in the history of our great Republic; it was written at a time when one-half of the people in the United States were burning with patriotism, and were ready to lay down their lives to preserve the Union, while the other half were striving to disrupt what to them was merely a confederation of States, in no wise binding, and were damning the United States, even as did Philip Nolan; at at time when the President was bending low under the weight of sorrow for the loss of thousands of noble men who were falling in battle, and was enduring in pitiful silence the villification that was heaped upon him by the "copper-head" opposition; at a time when patriotism was preached in the pulpit, sung by our poets, and exhaled with every breath.

The story launched in such an atmosphere, met with immediate favor. It was reprinted everywhere without regard for copyright, and was translated into several foreign languages. It was accepted by many as a narrative of actual facts, and provoked many discussions as to whether Philip Nolan was a real person; some even went so far as to identify him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979778459
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

Edward Everett Hale (1822 1909) was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class. Hale would go on to write for a variety of publications and periodicals throughout his lifetime.

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seeGreen More than 1 year ago
The Man Without a Country, is an interesting short story. It was written during the middle of the Civil War in 1863 and tells the story of a young man, Philip Nolan, who in the early days of the 1800's in a moment of bravery and bravado, renounced the United States and all that was his country. Making good on his wish a judge ordered him to be passed from ship to ship, never setting his foot on United States soil again, and also never hearing the least bit of news from his country. For 56 years Nolan lived this way, early on, realizing the mistake of his youth and taking young sailors under his guidance and telling them to cherish the country which they have. He pines to be reunited with the United States but pride and acceptance of his wrong doing resigns himself to his punishment, secretly building a shrine to his country and in his own words, loved Her more than any other, but deserved Her less than any other. A very short read and an interesting twist. Would definitely recommend to young adults and adults alike just for its inspiration that it provides.
MisterG More than 1 year ago
This is nothing but a jumbled mess. It appears that there was more interest in advertising google than reproducing the book.
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