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By Richard Gray

  • A short background of yankee Literature bargains scholars and common readers a concise and updated background of the total diversity of yank writing from its origins till the current day. 
  • Represents the single up to date concise heritage of yankee literature 
  • Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, in addition to having a look  at different kinds of literature together with folktales, spirituals, the detective tale, the mystery and technological know-how fiction
  • Considers how our knowing of yank literature has replaced during the last twenty years
  • Offers scholars an abridged model of History of yankee Literature, a publication commonly thought of the normal   survey text 
  • Provides a useful creation to the topic for college kids of yankee literature, American experiences and all these attracted to the literature and tradition of the United States

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He traveled and wrote extensively. His work includes a number of patriotic poems (“The Prospect of Peace” (1778)) and poems attacking the monarchism and imperialism of Europe (“Advice to a Raven in Russia: December, 1812” (unpublished until 1938)). His most anthologized piece is “The Hasty Pudding: A Poem in Three Cantos” (1793), a work about home thoughts from abroad that praises Yankee virtues by celebrating a peculiarly Yankee meal. The Columbiad, his much revised and extended version of The Vision of Columbus, was, however, his stab at a great work.

But, Edwards then insisted, humanity can never be selfless. All human actions, no matter how creditable their effects, are dictated by self-interest. Everything a human being does springs from considerations of self because, Edwards went on, now borrowing his definitions from an earlier Enlightenment figure, Descartes, he or she can never get outside the self. A man, or woman, can never escape from their own senses and sense impressions. So, they are incapable of true virtue. Each is imprisoned in his or her own nature.

In these, Franklin used a fictitious speaker, the busybody widow Silence Dogood, to satirize follies and vices ranging from poor poetry to prostitution. And, throughout his life, Franklin was not only an inventor of proverbial wisdom but a masterly essayist, using his skills to promote philanthropic and political projects (A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge (1743); Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania (1749)), to attack violence against Native Americans or the superstition that led people to accuse women of witchcraft (A Narrative of the Late Massacres (1764); “A Witch Trial at The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 25 Mount Holly” (1730)), and to satirize the slave trade and British imperialism (“On the Slave Trade” (1790); “An Edict by the King of Prussia” (1773)).

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