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Sheppard Lee Originally published in Sheppard Lee By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe this is the s

  • Title: Sheppard Lee
  • Author: Robert Montgomery Bird Christopher Looby
  • ISBN: 9781615572236
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sheppard Lee By Robert Montgomery Bird Christopher Looby, Originally published in 1836.Sheppard Lee, By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his soul into other men s bodies What follows is one increasingly practicOriginally published in 1836.Sheppard Lee, By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his soul into other men s bodies What follows is one increasingly practiced body snatcher s picaresque journey through early American pursuits of happiness, as each new form Sheppard Lee assumes disappoints him anew while making him want and When Lee s metempsychosis draws him into the marriage market, the money market, and the slave market, Bird s fable of American upward mobility takes a sinister turn Lee learns that everything in America, even virtue and vice, are interchangeable everything is an object and has its price Looking forward to Melville s The Confidence Man and beyond that to William Burroughs s Naked Lunch, this strange and compelling story is a penetrating critique of American life and values as well as a crucial addition to the canon of American literature.

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    1. Philadelphia Gothic Uses the framing device of metempsychosis, the main character can at the moment of death transmigrate into any other body he chooses, to satirize philadelphia of the time through a series of characters like a broke dandy rogue, a comfortable slave whose reads an abolitionist pamphlet freaks out, etc edgar allen poe wrote a review it was very positive but correctly pointed out how much better it could have been had the main character,maintained his own original personality eve [...]

    2. Voici un roman bien singulier Publi en 1836 aux USA, il vient d tre r dit l bas, et traduit pour la premi re fois en France Il s agit d un m lange de conte philosophique et de satyre de la soci t am ricaine de l poque.On nous y relate l histoire de Sheppard Lee, jeune homme ais du New Jersey, qui suite au d c s de son p re, h rite d un riche domaine mara cher Bien d cid se la couler douce et dilapider la fortune familiale, Sheppard Lee ne tarde pas se retrouver d sargent , insatisfait et harcel [...]

    3. SHEPPARD LEE Written by Himself 1836 Robert Montgomery Bird .I stumbled over this book at the library, not having heard of it previously I learned that the author had trained as a doctor, but later turned to writing to make his living This novel was one of his best selling efforts, and was even reviewed by Edgar Allan Poe for the paper he was working for at the time Poe liked it, and felt that it boded well for the future of American literature What it is is a satiric chronicle of the life of Sh [...]

    4. published 1836 For a longer view of what I thought about this book, you can clickhere It s definitely one of the bizarre novels I ve read as I m going through Early American fiction this year Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself is a mixture of satire and comedy, but each has a purpose in this novel Just briefly, the titular character Sheppard Lee is a sort of grown up ne er do well who is left a prosperous estate upon the death of his father Because he is so lazy and doesn t tend to things he need [...]

    5. Anderson Dean fellow reader whom you all may take good advice from recommended this title, which much like Melville s big book shows that Modernity was invented long before the modern age bends the mind and begs questions about what, exactly, an individual is There is much which is disguised as period didactic and even which seems period racist, but the book while not necessarily undated or unracist is much, much than it s obvious flaws.

    6. I had to read this for my Literature of Philadelphia course and I thought it was outstanding Montgomery Bird does an excellent job of humorously painting a picture of how aristocratic, antebellum Philadelphia was When people think of Philadelphia during and immediately after slavery, they automatically assume that it was such a great place It had its moments, but Sheppard Lee takes you inside of the pompous, lazy and dangerous society that was aristocratic Philly.

    7. Interesting if dated Prefigures a favourite theme of American popular fiction and especially film supernaturalism as morality tale Pretty racist by modern standards in a couple of chapters concerning black slaves, which makes it difficult to really revive this as a classic central to the canon And the writing itself isn t particularly compelling So it s interesting to read as a product of its time rather than being a perennial classic masterpiece with universal appeal.

    8. Robert Montgomery Bird is a forgotten contemporary of Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne This book is a treasure that allows us to view several different aspects of 19th Century life through the eyes of Sheppard Lee as he pops in and out of bodies Sheppard Lee should be considered a classic American novel along with Moby Dick and A Scarlet Letter.

    9. Interesting Frequently amusing satire and a picture of several milieus of ante bellum America But for me it never really takes off However, I agree that it is unique for the period and may be worth reading as an aspect of the development of the American novel.

    10. I thought this book was funny, thought provoking, and certainly had some traces if science fiction to it as well It was pretty slow for the first part of the book, but right around page 50, things really get interesting There is some great satire, and while I wish that Bird had been abolitionist in his portions on slavery His discussion of the happy slave can get nauseating sometimes He walks an interesting line by exploring the issue of slavery without using abolitionist Sentimental writing or [...]

    11. 1 for Back to the Classics Challenge 2016 A 19th Century ClassicNovelists who wants to give a wide angle view of a particular society have tended to use one of two approaches either show a relatively large number of characters from varied backgrounds interactuing, directly and indirectly, within a limited space and or time Middlemarch or the picaresque approach, where a single character experiences a series of changes in fortune that enables him or her to enter into a number of varied social sit [...]

    12. Eminently readable tale by an early 19th century author The premise of a sort of transmigration allows the narrator to inhabit the lives bodies of numerous different levels of society, and it proves an interesting portrait of the author s time and place.

    13. Re reading this for a course It will not be a chore to re read this Reading the introduction now, which provides some great insight into the comtemporary philosophies Bird was working within Fascinating is Hume s idea of the fiction of self hood This notion provides an interesting way to consider self, especially interesting after just having read Poe s novel, Arthur Gordon Pym and his idea of self Unlike some reviewers, I didn t find this book to be racist I read it as Bird satirizing his conte [...]

    14. Read for 19th Century American Lit Body swapping and a grass is greener moral, with interesting subtext about madness and satire of politics religion.

    15. This one was neat Digestive apparatuses, dunning, science fiction, Dr Feuerteufel, thinly veiled racism, and Quaker grammatical humor.

    16. A book about a man whose spirit is able to travel to different bodies Interesting to read as a critique of sentimental literature, but I found it a little repetitive.

    17. The combination of sarcasm and humor with pre Civil War politics and perspectives was engaging The writing style is from the early 1800 s.

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