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American SympathyMen, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation$
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Caleb Crain

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083323

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083323.001.0001

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Introduction: The Ghost of André

Introduction: The Ghost of André

(p.1) Introduction: The Ghost of André
American Sympathy

Caleb Crain

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's main argument, that for a time the special task of American literature was the representation of bonds between men that kept men free. The book explores the following themes: the power of sympathy, its close relation to imposture, romantic friendship between men, writing as a vehicle for men's affections for one another, the conflict between sentiment and authority, and the peculiar fate of all these things in America. The chapter also considers the sentimental appeal of British army officer John André as seen not only in the private recollections of American officers like Tallmadge and Hamilton but also in ballads and newspaper accounts.

Keywords:   American literature, freedom, sympathy, imposture, friendship, John André

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