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

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Diary in America, Series Two by Frederick Marryat takes readers on a captivating journey through the United States during the 1830s. Drawing on his own experiences as a British officer and traveler, Marryat offers a unique perspective on the emerging American society, capturing the essence of its cities, landscapes, and people.

One of the strengths of this book is Marryat's vivid and immersive writing style. His descriptive passages transport readers to various locations, allowing them to fully visualize the bustling streets of New York City, the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Niagara Falls, or the serene calm of rural America. Marryat's ability to bring these settings to life with such detail and clarity is truly commendable.

Additionally, Diary in America offers valuable insights into the cultural, social, and political aspects of early 19th-century America. Marryat's encounters with different classes, races, and professions provide a multifaceted view of American society. Through his observations and conversations, readers gain an understanding of the challenges faced by Native Americans, the experiences of African Americans, and the struggles of working-class individuals. The author's exploration of these topics is both thought-provoking and eye-opening.

Furthermore, Marryat's engaging narrative style keeps readers captivated throughout the book. His witty anecdotes, humorous encounters, and occasional ironic commentary add a layer of entertainment to his account of America. Whether describing his encounters with eccentric characters or recounting his travels on various modes of transportation, Marryat's writing never fails to engage and entertain.

However, it is worth noting that this book may not appeal to readers who seek a linear and structured storyline. As a diary, it lacks a traditional plot and instead reads like a collection of entries. While some may appreciate the authenticity and intimacy of this format, others may find it challenging to maintain a consistent narrative flow.

Despite this minor criticism, Diary in America, Series Two remains a compelling and enlightening read. Frederick Marryat's keen observations and vivid storytelling make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history and culture of early America. From the bustling streets to the untouched wilderness, Marryat's journey through the United States is an adventure that should not be missed.

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Diary in America Series Two, 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.




I believe that the remarks of a traveller in any country not his own, let his work be ever so trifling or badly written, will point out some peculiarity which will have escaped the notice of those who were born and reside in that country, unless they happen to be natives of that portion of it in which the circumstance alluded to was observed... Continue reading book >>

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