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The Resource First books : the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama, Philip D. Beidler, (electronic resource)

First books : the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama, Philip D. Beidler, (electronic resource)

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First books : the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama
Title
First books
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the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama
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Philip D. Beidler
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Language
eng
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Beidler, Philip D
Dewey number
810.9/9761
LC call number
PS266.A5
LC item number
B45 1999
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  • Printing
  • Authors, American
  • Literature publishing
  • Literature and society
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Alabama
  • Alabama
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This case study in cultural mythmaking shows how antebellum Alabama created itself out of its own printed texts, from treatises on law and history to satire, poetry, and domestic novels. Early 19th-century Alabama was a society still in the making. Now Philip Beidler tells how the first books written and published in the state influenced the formation of Alabama's literary and political culture. As Beidler shows, virtually overnight early Alabama found itself in possession of the social, political, and economic conditions required to jump start a traditional literary culture in the old Anglo-European model: property-based class relationships, large concentrations of personal wealth, and professional and merchant classes of similar social, political, educational, and literary views.Beidler examines the work of well-known writers such as humorist Johnson J. Hooper and novelist Caroline Lee Hentz, and takes on other classic pieces like Albert J. Pickett'sHistory of Alabamaand Alexander Beaufort Meek's epic poem The Red Eagle. Beidler also considers lesser-known works like Lewis B. Sewall's verse satireThe Adventures of Sir John Falstaff the II, Henry Hitchcock's groundbreaking legal volume Alabama Justice of the Peace, and Octavia Walton Levert's Souvenirs of Travel. Most of these works were written by and for society's elite, and although many celebrate the establishment of an ordered way of life, they also preserve the biases of authors who refused to write about slavery yet continually focused on the extermination of Native Americans.First Booksreturns us to the world of early Alabama that these texts not only recorded but helped create. Written with flair and a strong individual voice, it will appeal not only to scholars of Alabama history and literature but also to anyone interested in the antebellum South
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First books : the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama, Philip D. Beidler, (electronic resource)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-176) and index
Contents
Satire in the territories: literature and the art of political payback in an early Alabama classic -- First book: Henry Hitchcock's Alabama justice of the peace -- "The first production of the kind, in the South": a backwoods literary incognito and his attempt at the great American novel -- Belles lettres in a new country -- Antebellum Alabama history in the planter style: the example of Albert J. Pickett -- B. Meek's great American epic poem of 1855; or, The curious career of the red eagle -- Historicizing Alabama's southwestern humorists; or, how the times were served by Johnson J. Hooper and Joseph G. Baldwin -- Caroline Lee Hentz's anti-abolitionist double feature and Augusta Jane Evans's new and improved novel of female education -- Alabama's last first book: the example of Daniel Hundley
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OCM1bookssj0000775823
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 185 p. )
Isbn
9780817386405
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000775823
Label
First books : the printed word and cultural formation in early Alabama, Philip D. Beidler, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-176) and index
Contents
Satire in the territories: literature and the art of political payback in an early Alabama classic -- First book: Henry Hitchcock's Alabama justice of the peace -- "The first production of the kind, in the South": a backwoods literary incognito and his attempt at the great American novel -- Belles lettres in a new country -- Antebellum Alabama history in the planter style: the example of Albert J. Pickett -- B. Meek's great American epic poem of 1855; or, The curious career of the red eagle -- Historicizing Alabama's southwestern humorists; or, how the times were served by Johnson J. Hooper and Joseph G. Baldwin -- Caroline Lee Hentz's anti-abolitionist double feature and Augusta Jane Evans's new and improved novel of female education -- Alabama's last first book: the example of Daniel Hundley
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000775823
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 185 p. )
Isbn
9780817386405
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000775823

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