In the American Grain

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New Directions Publishing, 1956 - Fiction - 234 pages
William Carlos Williams was not a historian, but he was fascinated by the texture of American history. Beginning with Columbus's discovery of the Indies and moving on through Sir Walter Raleigh, Cotton Mather, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Aaron Burr, Edgar Allan Poe, and Abraham Lincoln, Williams found in the fabric of familiar episodes new shades of meaning and configurations of character. He brought a poetic imagination to the task of reconstructing a live tradition for Americans, and what results is one of the finest works of prose to have been penned by any writer of the twentieth century.
 

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A major poet's take on some major figures in American History. Self consciously literary, but providing a fresh perspective. On George Washington: "Here was a man of tremendous vitality buried in a ... Read full review

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One of the best books I've ever read. Read this. Read Spring and All. Read Kora in Hell. Oh, just read everything (except for the bad novels). Read full review

Contents

Red Eric
1
The Discovery of the Indies
9
The Destruction of Tenochtitlan
29
The Fountain of Eternal Youth
39
De Soto and the New World
45
Sir Walter Raleigh
59
The Founding of Quebec
69
The MayPole at Merry Mount
75
Pere Sebastian Rasles
105
The Discovery of Kentucky
130
George Washington
140
Benjamin Franklin
158
Jacataqua
174
The Virtue of History
188
Advent of the Slaves
208
Abraham Lincoln 234

Cotton Mathers Wonders of the Invisible World
81

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Besides being a practicing physician, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a poet, short-story writer, novelist, translator, playwright, and essayist whose contribution to the development of modern American poetry grew out of his commitment to recording the local" experience of Rutherford, New Jersey, and its environs.Rick Moody is the award-winning author of Black Veil, Demonology, The Diviners, Garden State, The Ice Storm, Purple America, and Right Livelihoods.

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