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AMERICAN 18TH CENTURY

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Written by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Introduction by JILL LEPORE

Format: Hardcover, 344 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-90760-3

Benjamin Franklin’s account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun as a collection of anecdotes for his son, the memoir grew into a history of his remarkable achievements in the literary, scientific, and political realms. A printer, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesman, Franklin was also a brilliant writer whose wit and wisdom shine on every page. His Autobiography has deservedly become the...

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THIRTEEN BOOKS THAT CHANGED AMERICA
Written by JAY PARINI

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/12/2010

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38618-2

“These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps...

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Written by OLAUDAH EQUIANO
Edited by SHELLY EVERSLEY
Introduction by ROBERT REID-PHARR

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 05/11/2004

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a boy and sold into slavery and culminates when he has achieved renown as a British antislavery advocate. The narrative “is a...

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Written by THOMAS PAINE
Introduction by DIANA GABALDON

Format: Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Bantam Classics

On Sale: 02/03/2004

Price: $4.95

ISBN: 978-0-553-21465-9

In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces spoke to the hearts and minds of those fighting for freedom. He was later outlawed in Britain, jailed in France, and finally labeled an atheist upon his return to America.

"No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of...

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OR, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF DOCTOR UPDIKE UNDERHILL
Written by ROYALL TYLER
Introduction by CALEB CRAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 07/09/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-76034-1

A predecessor of both the nativist humor of Mark Twain and the exotic adventure stories of Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Richard Dana, Royall Tyler’s The Algerine Captive is an entertaining romp through eighteenth-century society, a satiric look at a variety of American types, from the backwoods schoolmaster to the southern gentleman, and a serious exposé of the horrors of the slave trade. “In stylistic purity and the clarity with which Tyler investigates and dramatizes American...

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OR, THE TRANSFORMATION: AN AMERICAN TALE AND OTHER STORIES
Written by CHARLES BROCKDEN BROWN
Introduction by CALEB CRAIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 412 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 06/11/2002

Price: $23.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-75903-1

Called a “remarkable story” by John Greenleaf Whittier and described by John Keats as “very powerful,” Wieland, Charles Brockden Brown’s disturbing 1798 tale of terror, is a masterpiece involving spontaneous combustion, disembodied voices, religious mania, and a gruesome murder based on a real-life incident.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic includes Wieland’s fragmentary sequel, Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, as well as several other important but hard-to-find Brockden Brown short...

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Written by HOWARD FAST

Format: Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 10/01/1983

Price: $7.99

ISBN: 978-0-553-27322-9

When you read this novel about April 19, 1775, you will see the British redcoats marching in a solid column through your town. Your hands will be sweating and you will shake a little as you grip your musket because never have you shot with the aim of killing a man. But you will shoot, and shoot again and again while your shoulder aches from your musket's kick and the tight, disciplined red column bleeds and wavers and breaks and you begin to shout at the top of your lungs because...

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