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Algerine Captive

Algerine Captive - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375760341

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ISBN13: 978-0375760341
ISBN10: 0375760342
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Modern Library
Published: 2002
International: No

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Algerine Captive - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375760341

Royall Tyler

ISBN13: 978-0375760341
ISBN10: 0375760342
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Modern Library

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

A predecessor of both the nativist humor of Mark Twain and the exotic adventure stories of Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Richard Dana, Royall Tyler's 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.

Author Bio

Crain, Caleb :

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

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