A history of Virginia literature by Kevin J. Hayes

By Kevin J. Hayes

A heritage of Virginian Literature chronicles a narrative that has been greater than 400 years within the making. It appears to be like on the improvement of literary tradition in Virginia from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to the twenty-first century. Divided into 4 major components, this background examines the literature of colonial Virginia, Jeffersonian Virginia, Civil conflict Virginia, and glossy Virginia. person chapters survey such literary genres as diaries, histories, letters, novels, poetry, political writings, merchandising literature, technology fiction, and slave narratives. best students additionally commit precise cognizance to numerous significant authors, together with William Byrd of Westover, Thomas Jefferson, Ellen Glasgow, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Styron. This publication is of pivotal value to the advance of yank literature and of yankee experiences extra often

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John Cotton’s narrative also served as the basis for a shorter account of Bacon’s Rebellion written late in 1677 by his wife, Ann Cotton. A literate and educated woman, she maintained a correspondence with a friend in Colonial Historians 29 England that led to her composition of the personalized narrative addressed “To Mr. C. H. at Yardly in Northamptonshire” and signed “An. Cotton. From Q. Creeke,” first published in the Richmond Enquirer in 1804 without comment about its provenance. Christopher Harris, whom the Cottons had known in Virginia in the 1650s, evidently had requested information about the rebellion.

An. Cotton, of Q. ” Though little is known about her life, Ann Cotton achieved distinction as an early American female author because her published letter was one of the earliest personal accounts of Bacon’s Rebellion. The third manuscript, “The Beginning Progress and Conclusion of Bacon’s Rebellion in Virginia in the Years 1675 and 1676,” by Thomas Mathew, was completed in July 1705 as requested by Robert Harley, later earl of Oxford. A member of Queen Anne’s Privy Council and secretary of state, Harley was a literary patron for Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe, an avid collector of books and manuscripts, and an acquaintance of William Byrd of Westover, who may have directed him to Mathew.

Early in October the Board of Trade asked all three for a full account of conditions in the colony. They soon submitted a 18,500-word report comprising both a comprehensive description of the colony and an agenda for reform. Though the Board of Trade did not support all the authors’ suggestions, the instructions it gave Francis Nicholson when he replaced Andros in 1697 reformed Virginia’s procedures for granting land and curtailed the powers of the governor and Council in ways that encouraged the rising influence of the House of Burgesses in the eighteenth century.

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