DWIGHT Thomas (1794)
£300.00 [First Edition]
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THE FULFILMENT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
A Poem, in Seven Parts. I. The Prospect. II. The Flourishing Village. III. The Burning of Fairfield. IV. The Destruction of the Pequods. V. The Clergyman's Advice to the Villagers. VI. The Farmer's Advice to the Villagers. VII. The Vision, or Prospect of the Future Happiness of America.
First Edition. 8vo (225 x 135). -57, 66-183, . Some spotting to both text and wrappers, and some fraying of the edges. Original blue wrappers, uncut, and partially unopened ( a little creased and marked in places). In a blue folding cloth folding case.
New York: by Childs and Swaine,
An important early America poem dedicated to John Adams and with descriptions of the people and landscapes of New England, of the save trade, the American War of Independence, the settlement of the English Colonialists and the state of the church in the country.
Thomas Dwight's (1752-1817) most celebrated work. Dwight, later president of Yale, wrote this extended pastoral work in seven books in the style of a number of British poets, though it is generally recognised that it is loosely derived from Denham's Cooper's Hill. It was part of a larger but never completed project: "When the writer began the work, he had no design of publishing it ... The greater part of it was written seven years ago [i.e. shortly after Fairfield (the site of Dwight's church in Connecticut) was sacked by British troops]. Additions have been made to it at different periods, from that time to the present. ... Originally the writer designed to imitate, in the several parts, the manner of as many British Poets; but finding himself too much occupied, when he projected the publication, to pursue that design, he relinquished it." (The author writing in the preface).
This work is dedicated to John Adams, then Vice President of the United States, and behind its highly programmatic nature its principal recurring theme is the ideal society, the utopia that became reality with America's freedom from Britain. this time as exemplified by Dwight's experience at Greenfield Hill.
Stock Code: 55166