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Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) Paperback – March 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0807858530 ISBN-10: 0807858536

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  • Series: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (March 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807858536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807858530
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating recent stud[y] of masculinity in early America."--Early American Literature

"A dazzling success. . . . Anyone interested in the history of high culture, literature, citizenship, or national identity in America will delight in Kaplan's nuanced and insightful work."-- Maryland Historical Magazine

"[A] tightly constructed and well-written book. . . . [Kaplan's] close reading of printed and manuscript sources subtly teases meaning out of often opaque material."--The Historian

"Makes . . . significant contributions to the evolving cultural history of the eighteenth century. . . . Well-researched and well-written. . . . The best historical monograph on Shaftesburian literary communities in the post-Revolutionary period."--Eig

"Will be valued for its imaginative and nuanced insights into post-Revolutionary literary culture."--Journal of Southern History

"[A] treasure trove of remarkable insights. . . . Kaplan's brilliant work deserves wide readership for the way in which it reveals how various Federalists invented a version of citizenship predicated on social and cultural rather than poltical bonds."--
"Forces us to move beyond a national framework and to foreground the local and regional networks at work in the post-Revolutionary era."--Common-Place

"A rich source of information for scholars of the early republic, gender, and American cultural production and print media."--Journal of American History

"[A] thoughtful book."--Bookforum

"A thoughtful and well-researched book."--The New England Quarterly

"Insightful. . . . Subtly nuanced. . . . Delineates the mutable character of, and complex relationship between, those broad political and cultural concepts . . . that some scholars of eighteenth-century America tend to deploy rather loosely or monolithica

"Presents . . . theoretically sophisticated arguments that are nevertheless grounded in well-researched historical material contexts. . . . Brings substantive historical research to bear on our ways of thinking about literature and the public sphere in th

"Imaginatively conceived and beautifully written."--H-Net Reviews

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"Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan brings into focus the social and literary worlds of the American Republic's first generation of intellectuals. Her lively portraits of Elihu Hubbard Smith, Joseph Dennie, and the Boston Anthologists depict how their elite cultural aspirations at once complemented and conflicted with their varied commitments to the public good. Anyone interested in the birth of American national literature should read (and enjoy) this excellent book."--Ruth Bloch, University of California, Los Angeles

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Kaplan shows how civic virtue was understood by some intellectuals in the early years of the United States. The vital issues of the time act as a soundboard to the narrative. Most notably the French Revolution, of which the varying viewpoints amongst the American literati are canvassed and brought back from fading letters to us here.

You can see that those mentioned in the book were serious thinkers, deeply concerned about not just their young nation but of tumultuous events in Europe and the possible effects of these on the US.

An impressive start for the American republic.
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