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- DescriptionAfter his 1728 Virginia-North Carolina boundary expedition, Virginia planter and politician William Byrd II composed two very different accounts of his adventures. The Secret History of the Line was written for private circulation, offering tales of scandalous behaviour and political misconduct, peppered with rakish humour and personal satire. The History of the Dividing Line , continually revised by Byrd for decades after the expedition, was intended for the London literary market, though t published in his lifetime. Collating all extant manuscripts, Kevin Joel Berland's landmark scholarly edition of these two histories provides wide-ranging historical and cultural contexts for both, helping to recreate the social and intellectual ethos of Byrd and his time. Byrd enriched his narratives with material appropriated from earlier authors, many of whose works were in his library--the most extensive in the American colonies. Berland identifies for the first time many of Byrd's sources and raises the question: how reliable are histories that build silently upon antecedent texts and present borrowed material as first hand testimony? In his analysis, Berland demonstrates the need for a new category to assess early modern history writing: the hybrid, accretional narrative. Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Author BiographyKevin Joel Berland is associate professor of English and comparative literature at The Pennsylvania State University, USA.
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2013
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight907 g
- Width164 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Edited byKevin Joel Berland
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