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A Diary in America - 6 Volume Set Frederick Marryat

A Diary in America - 6 Volume Set

Frederick Marryat

Published May 5th 2011
ISBN : 9781108032476
Paperback
1960 pages
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 About the Book 

Captain Frederick Marryat (1792 1848) was a distinguished naval officer, today best remembered as a novelist (particularly of stories for children), often drawing on his own experiences. He also edited a radical journal, and wrote non-fiction, including an attack on press-gangs, which damaged his career. He spent 1837 and 1838 travelling in North America, publishing his impressions in this unstructured six-volume diary in 1839. He states that the number of contradictory and often trivial accounts of American life being published made him want to see the New World for himself. He found it impossible to make generalisations, given the size of the country and the different origins of new arrivals, and did not believe America would become a coherent nation for many years. Fascinated by the energy he found in America, he came to believe that the American character was shaped both by natural resources and by democratic government.