John Leacock's The first book of the American chronicles of the times, 1774-1775 /
edited, with introduction and notes, by Carla Mulford.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1987.
130 p.
087413305X (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1987.
087413305X (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 117-122.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-06:
Mulford, first scholar to identify Leacock, presents a well-edited modern edition of Leacock's First Book, which satirizes the events of 1774-75 as a biblical parody. She introduces the text with a sound analysis, discussing the history of the text, the author, and the events described. The characters involved are identified as fully as possible, and the significance of the First Book (originally a series of six pamphlets) in contemporary propaganda is explored. In her textual citations, Mulford also identifies most of the biblical passages and many of the character allusions. The text is printed in its entirety. It is a superb example of the propaganda that filled Colonial bookshelves. Full notes, comprehensive bibliography, several valuable appendixes, and a good index. An important addition to college and university libraries.-C.R. Allen Jr., Widener University
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The complete text of the biblical parodic satire American Chronicles is presented here for the first time since its 1774-79 publication, together with a comprehensive analysis of the work and its cultural relevance, and detailed notes, appendixes, and an introduction establishing the satire's authorship.

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