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The Algerine Captive: Or, the Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill (Modern Library Classics)

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A predecessor of both the nativist humor of Mark Twain and the exotic adventure stories of Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Richard Dana, Royall Tylers The Algerine Captive is an entertaining romp through eighteenth-century society, a satiric look at a variety of American types, from the backwoods schoolmaster to the southern gentleman, and a serious exposé of the horrors of the slave trade. “In stylistic purity and the clarity with which Tyler investigates and dramatizes American manners,” the critic Jack B. Moore has noted, The Algerine Captive “stands alone in our earliest fiction.” It is also one of the first attempts by an American novelist to depict the Islamic world, and lays bare a culture clash and diplomatic quagmire not unlike the one that obtains between the United States and Muslim nations today.

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Caleb Crain is the author of American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation. He lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375760341
Introduction:
Tyler, Royall
Author:
Tyler, Royall
Author:
Introduction and Notes by Caleb Crain
Author:
Crain, Caleb
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Picaresque literature
Subject:
Algeria
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Slave-trade
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2002
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 BandW ILLUS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02x5.16x.65 in. .49 lbs.

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