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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readily recognize Washington's struggle for self-mastery as the struggle of fallen
man against his sinful nature, and that "so good a man must be the peculiar
favourite of Heaven" (chapter 13). As Washington himself insisted in his First ...
Nature, we know, is fond of harmonies; and paria paribus, that is, great things to
great, is the rule she delights to work by. Where, for example, do we look for the
whale "the biggest born of nature?" not, I trow, in a millpond, but in the main
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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