Eugene Current-Garcia (essay date April 1956)
SOURCE: Current-Garcia, Eugene. “Thomas Bangs Thorpe and the Literature of the Ante-Bellum Southwestern Frontier.” Louisiana Historical Quarterly 39, no. 2 (April 1956): 199-222.
[In the following essay, Current-Garcia views Thomas Bangs Thorpe as a seminal contributor to the tradition of Southwestern humor literature and chronicles his career as an editor.]
In January, 1845, the firm of Carey & Hart of Philadelphia published a small volume of sketches entitled The Mysteries of the Backwoods.1 Dedicating his work to the American sculptor Hiram Powers, the author stated his purpose in a modest preface, which began as follows:...
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