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By Richard Yates

Robert Prentice is eighteen. His mom, Alice Prentice,is fifty three. either are broken souls: Robert, via warfare; Alice, by means of thwarted goals of prosperity.

In deeply humanizing photographs, the nice American author Richard Yates crafts a unique of postwar the USA, without delay at odds with its personal feel of identification and mercilessly prohibitive to its like-minded voters.

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The sons are cast in the same moulds with the father and grandfather; the daughters depart not from the examples of their mothers and grandmothers. The former eschew the mysteries of modem tailoring, and the latter borrow not the fashion of their bonnets from the French milliners. They travel not in steam boats, or in any other new fangled inventions; abhor canals and rail roads, and will go five miles out of the way to avoid a turnpike. They mind nobody's business but their own, and such is their inveterate attachment to home, that it is credibly reported there are men now living along the shores of the river, who not only have never visited the renowned Tarrytown, directly opposite, but who know not even its name.

Without society, without books, without employment, without anticipations, and without the recollection of any thing but crimes, madness or death must be the consequence of a protracted seclusion of this sort. A few days will be an insufficient lesson, arid a few months would be worse than death madness or idiotism. It is a fashionable Sunday excursion with a certain class of Page 25 idlers in New York, to visit this prison in the steam boat. It is like going to look at their lodgings before they are finished.

From the river at Whitman's "mast-hemm'd Manhattan" to Nathaniel Parker Willis's "sabbath solitude" on upstate riverbanks, the modern reader will find still-accurate descriptions of the physical river itself. The many excerpts that describe particular aspects of life on the riverIndian canoes, Dutch farms, steamboat excursions, and the majestic scenery of the Hudsonallow the modem reader to imagine the people who lived along and travelled the river and how they felt about it. Page ix CONTENTS Part I.

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