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On the translatio idea (the theory of the westward movement of civilization), see Rexmond c. cochrane, “Bishop Berkeley and the Progress of Arts and Learning: notes on a Literary convention,” Huntington Library Quarterly 17 (1953–54): 229–49; Aubrey L. , 1955), pp. 42–48; Lewis P. , The Federalist Literary Mind (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1962), pp. 31–41; Lemay, Men of Letters, pp. xi, 131–32, 191, 257, 296, 299, 303, 307, 311; William D. Andrews, “William Smith and the Rising Glory of America,” Early American Literature 8 (1973): 33–43; and Kenneth Silverman, A Cultural History of the American Revolution (new York: Thomas Y.

And critical articles, such as that by James m. 13 A more fundamental reason for the book’s power and popularity lies in the archetypal appeal of the individual’s rise from helplessness to power, from dependence to independence. 14 That is why the American Dream has been and is so important to so many people, as well as to American literature. That explains the appeal of the myth of the log-cabin birth of our American presidents and the popularity of the role of the selfmade man. The American Dream, on this archetypal level, embodies a universal experience.

6 Actually such stories are later versions of popular Renaissance and seventeenth-century ballads and chapbooks such as The Honour of a London Prentice and Sir Richard Whittington’s Advancement. 9 But the Autobiography, as every reader knows, is not primarily about Franklin’s economic rise. At best, this is a minor subject. When he refers to it, he generally does so for a number of immediate reasons, nearly all of which are as important as the fact of his wealth. ” He relates this anecdote partly for the sake of its ironic quality (“she thought her Husband deserv’d a Silver Spoon and china Bowl as well as any of his neighbours” [p.

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