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Maryland Wits and Baltimore Bards: A Literary History with Notes on Washington Writers (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)

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In the first comprehensive literary history of Baltimore and Maryland, Frank R. Shivers, Jr., explores the region's long-overlooked but substantial contribution to American letters. In picture and story, Shivers's lively account ranges from the colonial satire of Ebenezer Cook to the national anthem of Francis Scott Key to the acclaimed works of Poe, Mencken, Fitzgerald, and more. 48 illustrations.

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In this first comprehensive literary history of Baltimore and Maryland (with notes on Washington writers), Frank R. Shivers, Jr., explores the region's long-overlooked but substantial contribution to American letters. In picture and story, Shivers's lively account ranges from the colonial satire of Ebenezer Cook, to the National Anthem of Francis Scott Key, to the acclaimed works of Poe, Mencken, and Fitzgerald. Here are surprising stories of Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Dashiel Hammett, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, and other writers influenced by Chesapeake culture — an influence still fresh in the work of such contemporary writers as John Barth, Anne Tyler, and Russell Baker. Nothing, wrote Gertrude Stein, really can stop anyone living and feeling as they do in Baltimore. As entertaining as it is informative, Maryland Wits and Baltimore Bards shows us why.

Is there a special quality in our Maryland way of life that is conducive to creative writing and to writers?... Frank Shivers has put together a well-researched, carefully documented, and entertaining study that focuses on these and other questions... The range of this study is extensive but well-managed. — Baltimore Sun

Shivers has done the Maryland literary community, and literary historians in general, a tremendous service with this book... His eye for important detail, as well as the interestingly trivial, is more than just commendable. He reveals why Baltimore is called 'Mobtown, ' where the expression 'hooker' originated, and where the story of George Washington and the cherry tree can first be found... A book any serious lover of Maryland literary history must read. — Stephen J. Vicchio, Maryland Historical Magazine

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801858109
Author:
Shivers, Frank R.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
American - Southern
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
American literature -- Maryland.
Subject:
Literary landmarks - Maryland
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins P
Series:
Maryland Paperback Bookshelf
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.96x6.01x.84 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this first comprehensive literary history of Baltimore and Maryland (with notes on Washington writers), Frank R. Shivers, Jr., explores the region's long-overlooked but substantial contribution to American letters. In picture and story, Shivers's lively account ranges from the colonial satire of Ebenezer Cook, to the National Anthem of Francis Scott Key, to the acclaimed works of Poe, Mencken, and Fitzgerald. Here are surprising stories of Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Dashiel Hammett, Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, and other writers influenced by Chesapeake culture — an influence still fresh in the work of such contemporary writers as John Barth, Anne Tyler, and Russell Baker. Nothing, wrote Gertrude Stein, really can stop anyone living and feeling as they do in Baltimore. As entertaining as it is informative, Maryland Wits and Baltimore Bards shows us why.

Is there a special quality in our Maryland way of life that is conducive to creative writing and to writers?... Frank Shivers has put together a well-researched, carefully documented, and entertaining study that focuses on these and other questions... The range of this study is extensive but well-managed. — Baltimore Sun

Shivers has done the Maryland literary community, and literary historians in general, a tremendous service with this book... His eye for important detail, as well as the interestingly trivial, is more than just commendable. He reveals why Baltimore is called 'Mobtown, ' where the expression 'hooker' originated, and where the story of George Washington and the cherry tree can first be found... A book any serious lover of Maryland literary history must read. — Stephen J. Vicchio, Maryland Historical Magazine

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