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In this long-awaited work, Isaac mines the diary of a Revolutionary War-era Virginia planter--and many other sources--to reconstruct his interior ...Show synopsisIn this long-awaited work, Isaac mines the diary of a Revolutionary War-era Virginia planter--and many other sources--to reconstruct his interior world as it plunged into turmoil.Hide synopsis
Description:423 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. BIOGRAPHY. Landon Carter,...423 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. BIOGRAPHY. Landon Carter, a Virginia planter, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. In this astonishingly rich biography, Isaac mines this remarkable document--and many other sources--to reconstruct Carter's interior world as it plunged into revolution. The aging patriarch, though a fierce supporter of American liberty, was deeply troubled by the rebellion and its threat to established order. His diary, originally a record of plantation business, began to fill with angry stories of revolt in his own little kingdom. Carter writes at white heat, his words sputtering from his pen as he documents the terrible rupture that the Revolution meant to him. Indeed, Carter felt in his heart that he was chronicling a world in decline, the passing of the order that his revered father had bequeathed to him. Not only had Landon's king betrayed his subjects, but Landon's own household betrayed him: his son showed insolent defiance, his daughter Judith eloped with a forbidden suitor, all of his slaves conspired constantly, and eight of them made an armed exodus to freedom. The seismic upheaval he helped to start had crumbled the foundations of Carter's own home. In Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom Rhys Isaac unfolds not only the life, but also the mental world of our countrymen in a long-distant time. Moreover, in this presentation of Landon Carter's passionate narratives, the diarist becomes an arresting new character in the world's literature, a figure of Shakespearean proportions, the Lear of his own tragic kingdom. This long-awaited work will be seen both as a major contribution to Revolution history and a triumph of the art of biography. Includes an Index. Rhys Isaac is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of William and Mary and a Research Associate of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790. "In Isaac's hands the story of the Revolution in a small corner of Virginia breaks into multiple competing narratives that reveal the rich interplay between the local and the Atlantic, between the personal and the political, and, above all, between lost stories told by subalterns and the recorded stories of a patriarch-master."--James Sidbury, The Journal of Southern History (Key Words: Virginia, Landon Carter, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Rhys Isaac, Biography, Colonial America, Plantations, American Revolution).
Description:New in fine dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With...New in fine dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 423 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
Description:New. Gift quality, Fine. 8vo. A superior copy in new condition....New. Gift quality, Fine. 8vo. A superior copy in new condition. Clean, unmarked pages. Good binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Ships daily.
Description:New. Hard cover First edition. Annotated. New in new dust...New. Hard cover First edition. Annotated. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 423 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Brand New-Gift Quality In a plastic cover.
Description:New in new dust jacket. bright shiny, brand new. Glued binding....New in new dust jacket. bright shiny, brand new. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 423 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
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