Philadelphia Stories

Philadelphia Stories

Author: Samuel Otter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019974193X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 408

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In Philadelphia Stories, Samuel Otter finds literary value, historical significance, and political urgency in a sequence of texts written in and about Philadelphia between the Constitution and the Civil War. Historians such as Gary B. Nash and Julie Winch have chronicled the distinctive social and political space of early national Philadelphia. Yet while individual writers such as Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, and George Lippard have been linked to Philadelphia, no sustained attempt has been made to understand these figures, and many others, as writing in a tradition tied to the city's history. The site of William Penn's "Holy Experiment" in religious toleration and representative government and of national Declaration and Constitution, near the border between slavery and freedom, Philadelphia was home to one of the largest and most influential "free" African American communities in the United States. The city was seen by residents and observers as the laboratory for a social experiment with international consequences. Philadelphia would be the stage on which racial character would be tested and a possible future for the United States after slavery would be played out. It would be the arena in which various residents would or would not demonstrate their capacities to participate in the nation's civic and political life. Otter argues that the Philadelphia "experiment" (the term used in the nineteenth-century) produced a largely unacknowledged literary tradition of peculiar forms and intensities, in which verbal performance and social behavior assumed the weight of race and nation.

Philadelphia Stories
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: Samuel Otter
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-02 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Philadelphia Stories, Samuel Otter finds literary value, historical significance, and political urgency in a sequence of texts written in and about Philadelphia between the Constitution and the Civil War. Historians such as Gary B. Nash and Julie Winch have chronicled the distinctive social and political space of early national
Philadelphia Stories
Language: en
Pages: 392
Authors: C. Dallett Hemphill
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

Philadelphia Stories chronicles the rich lives of twelve of its citizens--men and women, Black and white Americans, immigrants and native born--to explore the city's people and places from the colonial era to the years before the Civil War.
True Philadelphia Stories
Language: en
Pages: 74
Authors: Garret Godwin
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-05 - Publisher: GarretThomasPublications

These stories and essays, for the most part, take place in the city of Philadelphia. Taken together, they paint the portrait of a young scholar trying to find his way in the big city. From the halls of academe through his transition into the "real world," the stories chart his
Philadelphia Stories
Language: en
Pages: 319
Authors: Fredric Miller, Morris J. Vogel, Allen Freeman Davis
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988 - Publisher: Temple University Press

Photographs document the growth of Philadelphia and show the life of its citizens from 1920-1960
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2016
Language: en
Pages: 508
Authors: Rachel Randall
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-11 - Publisher: Penguin

THE BEST RESOURCE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHED Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2016 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. As with past editions, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction