By Kevin J. Hayes
A heritage of Virginian Literature chronicles a narrative that has been greater than 400 years within the making. It seems to be on the improvement of literary tradition in Virginia from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to the twenty-first century. Divided into 4 major elements, this heritage examines the literature of colonial Virginia, Jeffersonian Virginia, Civil conflict Virginia, and smooth 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 distinctive consciousness to a number of significant authors, together with William Byrd of Westover, Thomas Jefferson, Ellen Glasgow, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Styron. This ebook is of pivotal value to the advance of yank literature and of yankee reviews extra mostly
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He gained an intimate understanding of the colony’s political and legal Colonial Historians 31 systems and its land laws and acquired nearly ﬁve thousand acres of land, including a gift of 2,717 acres when he married Hannah Hill, daughter of a client who had been speaker of the House of Burgesses and member of the Council. After several years as a lawyer in private practice, Chilton was named attorney general of Virginia in 1691. Despite his high ofﬁce, an advantageous marriage, and a growing estate, Chilton gave his father-inlaw power of attorney over his property in January 1694 and sailed for England.
He extolled its virtues, promoted its promise, lived its adventures. ” The diction is key, for another part of Virginia, Jamestown, had awaited. Sure, that parcel of perfection was discovered and described by Captain Smith. 25 The cards of culture were stacked against the natives: they had no writing, no records of their acts in the world; they did not “improve” the land by agriculture; they did not know Christ; they did not know of the world beyond their own small circuit. Everything, to the English, furnished proof that they were a species inferior.
Fitzhugh treasures epistolary artistry, his correspondence characterized by grace even while conveying dry legal matters. Though he claimed to one friend, “I must confess I want abilitys, to polish and adorn my expressions with . . Elegance and Sweetness,” his family recognized the quality of his correspondence and had copies made. Barrister and bon vivant, Fitzhugh expresses himself with gusto. 38 Claimed by and for England, Virginia assumes an ever more robustly American cast, with its own distinctive creatures, crops, customs, and character.