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Diary in America, Series One   By: (1792-1848)

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In Diary in America, Series One, Frederick Marryat transports readers back to the early 19th century with his vivid and enthralling account of his travels through America. Through his diary entries, Marryat provides a unique perspective on the young nation, offering a valuable and insightful glimpse into its landscape, culture, and people.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Marryat's ability to capture the essence of America during this period. His writing is rich with detail, and his observations demonstrate a keen eye for both the remarkable and the mundane. From the vast and untamed wilderness of the interior to the bustling cities along the coast, Marryat expertly portrays the diversity and complexity of the nation.

What sets Diary in America apart from other travelogues of the time is Marryat's wit and charm. His writing is both informative and entertaining, allowing readers to not only learn about America but also to experience it through the eyes of a curious and introspective traveler. Marryat’s sense of humor shines through in his interactions with the people he encounters, providing lighthearted moments amidst his serious reflections.

Moreover, Marryat doesn't shy away from addressing the complicated issues of the era. He openly discusses the contentious topics of slavery, indigenous rights, and political divisions, offering a nuanced and multifaceted understanding of the challenges facing America at the time. While his views may be reflective of the era, Marryat's observations serve as a valuable historical document, shedding light on the complexities and contradictions of the young nation.

The book's structure, presented as diary entries with dates, allows readers to witness the changes and developments Marryat witnesses during his journey. This format adds a sense of immediacy and authenticity to the narrative, making it easy to feel as though one is traveling alongside the author. Additionally, the diary format allows Marryat to provide a personal touch, sharing his thoughts and emotions as he navigates the unfamiliar land.

While Diary in America, Series One provides a captivating look into early 19th-century America, it must be noted that the book is a product of its time. Some attitudes and perspectives expressed may be seen as antiquated or insensitive by modern readers. However, it is important to approach this work with historical context, acknowledging that Marryat's observations were a product of his era.

In conclusion, Diary in America, Series One is a captivating and informative account of Frederick Marryat's travels through America. With his keen observations, wit, and charm, Marryat brings the young nation to life, offering readers a unique and valuable perspective. While some aspects of the book may be dated, it remains a compelling read for anyone interested in American history and travel literature.

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Diary in America Series One, by Captain Marryat.

In the late 1830s Captain Marryat, already a famous literary figure in North America, visited the United States and Canada, writing his observations in two Series of volumes, each containing three books.

These were published in Britain as the six books, but were published in America as two books with small print and thin paper, thus enabling the Diary to be published as two books only. It is from first editions of the American version that we have worked, though we do possess three of the British first edition of six volumes.

While some of the observations are trivial, and some even possibly misleading, there is a great deal of useful fact in these books, making them well worth looking at. There are some tables that may not reproduce well in the PDA version of these books.

Marryat used his knowledge of America to write a novel based in the more southerly part, especially California and Texas.


Volume the First Introduction.

After many years of travel, during which I had seen men under almost every variety of government, religion, and climate, I looked round to discover if there were not still new combinations under which human nature was to be investigated... Continue reading book >>

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