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We first meet Jason Auster when he climbs out of a stagecoach in a New England maritime town and, as it were, salutes destiny. A twenty-year-old house carpenter who has come adventuring, Jason hopes to “put in practice certain theories concerning the rights of men and property which had already made him a pest at home.” And, indeed, theory and practice, destiny and self-determination are all following quite different paths as this antebellum story of love and power, incest and family honor, and sexual bonds and intractable conflicts between races and classes plays out against the backdrop of a nation—and a world—divided.
 
First published in 1865, this novel tracks the fortunes of Jason and his unlikely bride, the aristocratic Sarah Parke, along with the children and wards, the lost loves and secret passions that define and forever alter an entire family and everyone who touches it. Uniquely located within the romantic, realist, and regional traditions, this oddly unsentimental tale illuminates the racial, sexual, and political conventions and conflicts of its time even as it offers an unusual and compelling perspective on the historical moment it reflects.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-lvii
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. p. lix
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  1. Two Men
  2. p. lxi
  1. Chapter I
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter II
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Chapter III
  2. pp. 11-19
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  1. Chapter IV
  2. pp. 20-34
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  1. Chapter V
  2. pp. 35-41
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  1. Chapter VI
  2. pp. 42-50
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  1. Chapter VII
  2. pp. 51-57
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  1. Chapter VIII
  2. pp. 58-63
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  1. Chapter IX
  2. pp. 64-70
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  1. Chapter X
  2. pp. 71-79
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  1. Chapter XI
  2. pp. 80-82
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  1. Chapter XII
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. Chapter XIII
  2. pp. 92-95
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  1. Chapter XIV
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. Chapter XV
  2. pp. 102-108
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  1. Chapter XVI
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. Chapter XVII
  2. pp. 121-127
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  1. Chapter XVIII
  2. pp. 128-131
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  1. Chapter XIX
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. Chapter XX
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. Chapter XXI
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. Chapter XXII
  2. pp. 151-159
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  1. Chapter XXIII
  2. pp. 160-166
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  1. Chapter XXIV
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. Chapter XXV
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Chapter XXVI
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. Chapter XXVII
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Chapter XXVIII
  2. pp. 191-195
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  1. Chapter XXIX
  2. pp. 196-203
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  1. Chapter XXX
  2. pp. 204-212
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  1. Chapter XXXI
  2. pp. 213-217
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  1. Chapter XXXII
  2. pp. 218-227
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  1. Chapter XXXIII
  2. pp. 228-234
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  1. Chapter XXXIV
  2. pp. 235-242
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  1. Chapter XXXV
  2. pp. 243-249
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  1. Chapter XXXVI
  2. pp. 250-254
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  1. Chapter XXXVII
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Chapter XXXVIII
  2. pp. 259-261
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803293564
MARC Record
OCLC
247052167
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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