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The Man Without a Country
     

The Man Without a Country

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by Edward E. Hale
 

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Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country" is the fictional story of a young Army officer who before a military court in 1807 swears ""Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!" The court sentenced him to what he wished for. Of course, there was no Philip Nolan, and the entire plot is fiction, a vehicle used by Hale to prompt

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Edward Everett Hale's "The Man Without a Country" is the fictional story of a young Army officer who before a military court in 1807 swears ""Damn the United States! I wish I may never hear of the United States again!" The court sentenced him to what he wished for. Of course, there was no Philip Nolan, and the entire plot is fiction, a vehicle used by Hale to prompt reflection on the meaning of "country" in every person's life. This story was read by every American high school student from the time it was published in 1863 to the 1960s. The availability of many old editions from used booksellers gives testimony to its enduring power over the years. It surely helped form the patriotic sense of the World War II and Vietnam generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781495384950
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/30/2014
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)

Meet 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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The Man Without A Country 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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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