Captain John Smith: A Select Edition of His Writings

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Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 290 pages
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Captain John Smith was one of the most insightful and colorful writers to visit America in the colonial period. While his first venture was in Virginia, some of his most important work concerned New England and the colonial enterprise as a whole.

The publication in 1986 of Philip Barbour's three-volume edition of Smith's works made available the complete Smith opus. In Karen Ordahl Kupperman's new edition her intelligent and imaginative selection and thematic arrangement of Smith's most important writings will make Smith accessible to scholars, students, and general readers alike. Kupperman's introductory material and notes clarify Smith's meaning and the context in which he wrote, while the selections are large enough to allow Captain Smith to speak for himself. As a reasonably priced distillation of the best of John Smith, Kupperman's edition will allow a wide audience to discover what a remarkable thinker and writer he was.

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This is a good selection if you are studying the early colonial settlements. Read full review

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Who was Captain John Smith? The question remains difficult to answer. On the one hand, any reading of his writings reveals the man's colossal ego and his unflagging gift for self-promotion. At the ... Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Author John Smith traces his long-standing devotion to Fords to a letter he received from the Ford Motor Company as part of a third-grade writing assignment, and to say that he is a Fordnatic is an understatement. Combining a mechanical education and self-developed writing skills, Smith is a contributing author to several enthusiast magazines, is the former photographer of Super Ford Magazine and the Winston Cup reporter for Ford Enthusiast Magazine. Between his consulting and photography business, John finds time for his current project - the restoration of a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre. Smith lives in Ohio with his wife Sandy.

Karen Ordahl Kupperman is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of Settling with the Indians: The Meeting of English and Indian Cultures in America, 1580-1640 and Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony.