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The History and Present State of Virginia: A New Edition with an Introduction by Susan Scott Parrish
     

The History and Present State of Virginia: A New Edition with an Introduction by Susan Scott Parrish

by Robert Beverley, Susan Scott Parrish (Editor)
 

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While in London in 1705, Robert Beverley wrote and published The History and Present State of Virginia, one of the earliest printed English-language histories about North America by an author born there. Like his brother-in-law William Byrd II, Beverley was a scion of Virginia's planter elite, personally ambitious and at odds with royal governors in the colony.

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While in London in 1705, Robert Beverley wrote and published The History and Present State of Virginia, one of the earliest printed English-language histories about North America by an author born there. Like his brother-in-law William Byrd II, Beverley was a scion of Virginia's planter elite, personally ambitious and at odds with royal governors in the colony. As a native-born American--most famously claiming "I am an Indian--he provided English readers with the first thoroughgoing account of the province's past, natural history, Indians, and current politics and society. In this new edition, Susan Scott Parrish situates Beverley and his History in the context of the metropolitan-provincial political and cultural issues of his day and explores the many contradictions embedded in his narrative.
Parrish's introduction and the accompanying annotation, along with a fresh transcription of the 1705 publication and a more comprehensive comparison of emendations in the 1722 edition, will open Beverley's History to new, twenty-first-century readings by students of transatlantic history, colonialism, natural science, literature, and ethnohistory.

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An American classic . . . This splendid edition of Beverley's History is indispensable.--The Historian

A quality edition. Recommended. All general and academic collections.--Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469607948
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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In this beautifully annotated edition, Susan Scott Parrish situates Robert Beverley thoroughly within his political and intellectual contexts, allowing readers full access to a text that is indispensable for understanding both early Virginia and creole perspectives on English empire.--April Hatfield, Texas A&M University

Meet the Author

Robert Beverley (d. 1722) is best known as author of The History and Present State of Virginia (1705), the first published history of a British colony by a native of North America.

Susan Scott Parrish is an associate professor of English at the University of Michigan and author of American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World.

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