Political Satire in the American Revolution, 1763-1783

Cornell University Press, 1960 - 314 Seiten
In the period of the American Revolution the colonies as a whole awakened to literary self-consciousness for the first time. Although native drama was still in its infancy and fiction not yet born, the literature of these years, surveyed by Moses Coit Tyler in his still valuable "Literary History of the American Revolution", reveals vigor and excellence throughout a wide range of genres familiar to the eighteenth century. An essential branch of this literature, scarcely better known today than when Tyler blazed the way long ago, is political satire. While literary and social historians have long recognized that personalities, issues, and events of the Revolution were held up to ridicule at the time, the present study is the first to explore this satirical record in detail. The focus throughout is on American aspects of the period 1763-1783, both intercolonial and international; so it is that most of the satires herein considered were written by Americans for Americans, so also that those treating of matters largely provincial or European in their implications are excluded. -- Preface.

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