Nineteenth-Century Historical Fiction American Historical Fiction - Essay

American Historical Fiction

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Ernest E. Leisy

SOURCE: "Colonial America," in The American Historical Novel, University of Oklahoma Press, 1950, pp. 21-67.

[In the excerpt that follows, Leisy describes a number of historical novels written about the American colonies, maintaining that a majority of them focus on themes such as Puritanism, conflicts with Native Americans, and witchcraft.]

The Southern Colonies

In the colonial South there was an abundance of incidents to invite romantic treatment by novelists. The arrival of the first white settlers in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Maryland; the Smith-Pocahontas romance; the Virginia Massacre of...

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