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[Transcriber's Note: Original spelling and grammar has been retained except in the following instances: on page 45, "four hundred vears" was changed to "four hundred years", on page 62, "book are transscriptions" was changed to "book are transcriptions", and on page 131, "United States received the territorry" to "United States received the territory". The original contains both 'dooryard' and 'door yard' as well as 'stage coach' and 'stage coach'.]

CHILDREN'S STORIES

IN

AMERICAN LITERATURE

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

CHILDREN'S STORIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1861 1896. One vol., 12mo. $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1660 1860. One vol., 12mo. $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES OF AMERICAN PROGRESS. One vol., 12mo. Illustrated $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES IN AMERICAN HISTORY. One vol., 12mo. Illustrated $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES OF THE GREAT SCIENTISTS. One vol., 12mo. Illustrated $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. FROM TALIESIN TO SHAKESPEARE. One vol., 12mo. $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. FROM SHAKESPEARE TO TENNYSON. One vol., 12mo. $1.25

THE PRINCESS LILLIWINKINS AND OTHER STORIES. One vol., 12mo. Illustrated $1.25

CHILDREN'S STORIES

IN

AMERICAN LITERATURE

1660 1860

BY

HENRIETTA CHRISTIAN WRIGHT

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1909 COPYRIGHT, 1895, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE

THE EARLY LITERATURE, 1

CHAPTER II

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON 1780 1851, 14

CHAPTER III

WASHINGTON IRVING 1783 1859, 28

CHAPTER IV

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER 1789 1851, 51

CHAPTER V

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT 1794 1878, 69

CHAPTER VI

WILLIAM H. PRESCOTT 1796 1859, 82

CHAPTER VII

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 1807 1892, 96

CHAPTER VIII

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE 1804 1864, 108

CHAPTER IX

GEORGE BANCROFT 1800 1891, 123

CHAPTER X

EDGAR ALLAN POE 1809 1849, 137

CHAPTER XI

RALPH WALDO EMERSON 1803 1882, 149

CHAPTER XII

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW 1807 1882, 156

CHAPTER XIII

JOHN LOTHROP MOTLEY 1814 1877, 174

CHAPTER XIV

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE 1811 1896, 188

CHAPTER XV

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL 1819 1892, 203

CHAPTER XVI

FRANCIS PARKMAN 1823 1893, 219

CHAPTER XVII

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES 1809 1894, 234

CHAPTER I

THE EARLY LITERATURE

One Sunday morning, about the year 1661, a group of Indians was gathered around a noble looking man, listening to a story he was reading. It was summer and the day was beautiful, and the little Indian children who sat listening were so interested that not even the thought of their favorite haunts by brookside or meadow could tempt them from the spot. The story was about the life of Christ and his mission to the world, and the children had heard it many times, but to day it seemed new to them because it was read in their own language, which had never been printed before. This was the Mohegan tongue, which was spoken in different dialects by the Indians generally throughout Massachusetts; and although it had been used for hundreds of years by the tribes in that part of the country its appearance on paper was as strange to them as if it had been a language of which they knew not a single word. It was just as strange to them, in fact, as if they had heard one of their war cries or love songs set to music, or had seen a picture of their dreams of the happy hunting grounds in that invisible western world where the sun went every night, and which they expected to see only after death... Continue reading book >>




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