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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 6 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 18: Prescott and Motley (search)
tory for the widely quoted epigrammatic paragraphs which he collected in 1859 as Prenticeana. Perhaps the most significant volume of humour by a Southerner before the Civil War was The Flush times of Alabama and Mississippi (1853), by Joseph Glover Baldwin (1815-64), who was born in Virginia, practised law in Alabama, and spent the late years of his life in California. Like Lincoln, as a lawyer he had learned much from riding the circuit, and traced in his book the evolution of a country barrister with considerable skill and imagination. Although chiefly concerned with the Flush-time bar, Baldwin described as well most of the sharpers, boasters, liars, spread-eagle orators, the types of honesty and dishonesty, efficiency and inefficiency, in the newly rich and rapidly filling South. Unlike some of the books of his time, this one does not degenerate into mere horse-play or farce. We may still find interest in the characters of Simon Suggs, Jr., Esquire, and Ovid Bolus, the for
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
. At Timrod's grave, 326 Auf Wiedersehen, 242 Aurora, the, 181 Austin, William, 150 Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, The (New England magazine), 165 Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, the, 225, 228, 233, 234, 235 Axe to Grind, the, 215 Bakhuysen van der Brink, R. C., 138, 139 Bache , B. F., 181 Backward Glance O'Er Travel'd Roads, a, 272 Bacon, Delia, 57 n. Bacon, Lord, 124, 234, 236 Bagby, George W., 153, 316, 318, 320 Balaam and his master, 388 Baldwin, Joseph Glover, 154 Ballad of New Orleans, the, 278, 282 Ballad of trees and the master, 344 Ballads (Longfellow), 63 Ballads and other poems, 36 Ballou, Rev., Hosea, 207 Ballou, Hosea 2d, 207 n. Balzac, 18, 136, 233 Bancroft, George, 110-112, 122, 125, 130, 133, 164, 168, 317 Banner (Nashville), 184 Bannockburn, 298 Barbara Frietchie, 51, 281 Barbauld, Mrs., 397, 400 Barclay of Ury, 48 Barefoot boy, the, 50 Barefooted boys, 307 Barlow, Joel, 150, 207 Barnab