After Franklin: The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary America, 1780-1830 (Paperback)Arch
Paperback Published: 01/05/2001
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Although much has been written about Benjamin Franklin s Autobiography, other writers of what Stephen Arch calls self-biographies in post-revolutionary America have received scant scholarly attention. This rich variety of texts dramatically shows the complex nature of 19th-century concepts of identity. Arguing that autobiography is a modern invention, Arch shows its emergence in the older, conservative self-biographies of Alexander Graydon, Benjamin Rush, and Ethan Allen and in the newer, more progressive, and even radical self-biographies of K. White, Elizabeth Fisher, Stephen Burroughs, and John Fitch. Describing the evolution of a concept as elastic as the self is not easy, but Arch offers a unique and imaginative study of the emergence of a specifically modern American identity."
Publisher: University Press of New England