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By Adam Augustyn

Fiercely nationalistic, the 1st famous American writers exhibited a profound delight within the territory that may emerge as referred to as the USA. Predating even the statement of Independence, a lot early American writing entailed observation at the newly constructing American society. This quantity examines the literature of the rustic in its nascence and writers akin to Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped domesticate a uniquely American voice.

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Denton. Equiano’s autobiography recounts his kidnapping and enslavement, as well as later life as a freeman and abolitionist. Hulton Archive/ Getty Images 60 7 The 18th Century 7 From there he went to Virginia, where he was purchased by a sea captain, Michael Henry Pascal, with whom he traveled widely. He received some education before he bought his own freedom in 1766. After he settled in England, he became an active abolitionist, agitating and lecturing against the cruelty of British slave owners in Jamaica.

The younger Wieland, also a religious enthusiast seeking direct communication with divinity, misguidedly assumes that a ventriloquist’s utterances are supernatural in origin. Driven insane, he acts upon the prompting of this “inner voice” and murders his wife and children. When apprised of his error, he kills himself. Brown also wrote Ormond (1799), Edgar Huntly (1799), and Arthur Mervyn (1799–1800), as well as a number of less well-known novels and a book on the rights of women. Despite this literary output, Brown engaged in trade throughout his life to support his family.

Although immensely popular in his day—one of his tragedies, The Gladiator, achieved more than 1,000 performances in Bird’s lifetime—his writings are principally of interest in the 20th century to the literary historian. Bird graduated with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1827 but practiced for only a year. He wrote poetry, some of it published in periodicals, and several unproduced plays. His first drama to be staged was The Gladiator (1831), produced by the famous tragic actor Edwin Forrest, who became a close friend until they fell out because Bird thought Forrest had paid him too little for his dramas.

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