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A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity [Paperback]

Stephen Carl Arch , Ethan Allen
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June 1, 2000 1583900098 978-1583900093
Ethan Allen's "A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity"(1795) is an autobiographical work by the eighteenth-century folk hero, philosopher and patriot. In it, Allen describes his brief military career in the Revolution, his horrific two-year captivity by the British and his final release and journey back to his beloved Vermont. He provides a ground level view of the war, of captivity, of the meaning and purpose of the American Revolution. In the Copley Edition, an introduction and notes are provided that contextualize and inform student reading of the text. The Copley Edition includes a number of "Links" to other works and to ideas that demand more elaboration than a simple footnote might allow. The black-bordered pages are insertions by the editor into the text designed to help the student see the ways in which Allen's text is connected to the world around him.

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About the Author

Stephen Carl Arch received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1989. Since then he has taught at Michigan State University where he is currently Assocaite professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English. In 1996 he received the Walt Whitman Fellowship in the Fulbright Program and taught for one semester at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is the author of "Authoring the Past: The Rhetoric of History in Seventeenth Century New England" (DeKalb: Northern Illinois Univ. Press,1994) and of articles in Early American Literature, The William and Mary Quarterly and other scholarly journals.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Copley Publishing Group (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583900098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583900093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethan Allen's Story... January 10, 2007
This book is perfect for American history buffs. It is written by Ethan Allen, the Revolutionary War hero who captured Fort Ticonderoga. It describes the Ticonderoga episode and then tells of Allen's captivity by the British after his unsuccessful attempt to take Montreal. Allen is a wonderful American historical figure and it is most interesting to read of his experiences first hand. This book is a good companion to Stewart Holbrook's delightful and sympathetic historical biography of Allen, Ethan Allen. Allen is one of the least remembered heroes of that bygone era and definitely deserves more attention than he gets in today's history books. He was intelligent, self-educated, outrageous, gallant, brave, profane, classy and is just plain fun to read about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity July 11, 2009
Facinating! True story of Ethan Allen's treatment as a prisoner of the British. A must read for those Revolutionary War buffs.
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