Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forums of Citizenship


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Omohundro Institute and University of North C
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6.45 X 9.24 X 0.62 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Catherine O'Donnell Kaplan is assistant professor of history at Arizona State University.


Imaginatively conceived and beautifully written.--H-Net Reviews

[A] thoughtful book.--Bookforum

Insightful. . . . Subtly nuanced. . . . Delineates the mutable character of, and complex relationship between, those broad political and cultural concepts . . . that some scholars of eighteenth-century America tend to deploy rather loosely or monolithically.--William and Mary Quarterly

A fascinating recent stud[y] of masculinity in early America.--Early American Literature

Will be valued for its imaginative and nuanced insights into post-Revolutionary literary culture.--Journal of Southern History

[A] tightly constructed and well-written book. . . . [Kaplan's] close reading of printed and manuscript sources subtly teases meaning out of often opaque material.--The Historian

Makes . . . significant contributions to the evolving cultural history of the eighteenth century. . . . Well-researched and well-written. . . . The best historical monograph on Shaftesburian literary communities in the post-Revolutionary period.--Eighteenth-Century Studies

Forces us to move beyond a national framework and to foreground the local and regional networks at work in the post-Revolutionary era.--Common-Place

A thoughtful and well-researched book.--The New England Quarterly

Presents . . . theoretically sophisticated arguments that are nevertheless grounded in well-researched historical material contexts. . . . Brings substantive historical research to bear on our ways of thinking about literature and the public sphere in the early U.S.--College Literature

A rich source of information for scholars of the early republic, gender, and American cultural production and print media.--Journal of American History

A dazzling success. . . . Anyone interested in the history of high culture, literature, citizenship, or national identity in America will delight in Kaplan's nuanced and insightful work.-- Maryland Historical Magazine

[A] treasure trove of remarkable insights. . . . Kaplan's brilliant work deserves wide readership for the way in which it reveals how various Federalists invented a version of citizenship predicated on social and cultural rather than poltical bonds.--The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography