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B&W illustrations. Very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover) 252pp. ISBN 0226260712 Franklin traces the diligence of the first chroniclers of America through the three stages of discovery, exploration, and settlement, and shows how each stage brought forth its own kind of American writing and in turn how that writing had real political power to determine the American mood.
This is a good text about the early explorers, one of the only texts out there about them. That, in and of itself, makes this required reading. I thought the angle he took in regards to the literature was interesting. The language is a little problematic though. His syntax and diction were overly complex--unnecessary.
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