The Life of Washington: A New Edition with Primary Documents and Introduction by Peter S. Onuf
M.E. Sharpe, 1996年3月5日
Weems's Life of Washington was one of the first great bestsellers in American literature. Washington, you know is gone, wrote Mason Locke Weems to Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey, and millions are gaping to read something about him. In responding to this market, Weems played an essential role in fabricating the image of Washington that has since dominated the American historical imagination and which, in its time, secured everlasting fame for the father of our country.
This edition includes an introduction by Peter S. Onuf and documents from Washington's career that provide valuable insight into the construction of American national identity and that throw a provocative light on the mythmaking in which Weems engaged in writing one of the most enduring biographies in American folklore.
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Oh, George! my son! rather than see you come to this pass, dear as you are to my
heart, gladly would I assist to nail you up in your little coffin, and follow you to
your grave. Hard, indeed, would it be to me to give up my son, whose little feet
... teeth to cut it for him! and the dear little tongue to prattle with his father! and
precious little hands and fingers to hold his playthings! and beautiful little feet for
him to run about upon! and when my little rogue of a son is tired with running
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If you have ever encountered the legendary anecdote concerning the youthful George Washington - who "could not tell a lie," and thus confessed to chopping down the cherry tree - and wondered where it ... 閱讀評論全文