Damned If I Do is an exceptional new collection of short stories by Percival Everett, author of the highly praised and wickedly funny novel Erasure. A cop, a cowboy, several fly fishermen, and a reluctant romance novelist inhabit these revealing and often hilarious stories. An old man ends up in a high-speed car chase with the cops after stealing the car that blocks the garbage bin at his apartment building. A stranger gets a job at a sandwich shop and fixes everything in sight: a manual mustard dispenser, a mouthful of crooked teeth, thirty-two parking tickets, and a sexual-identity problem. Percival Everett is a master storyteller who ingeniously addresses issues of race and prejudice by simultaneously satirizing and celebrating the human condition.
New English Canaan (1637), is an account of life at his New England settlement and fur-trading post of Merrymount, or Ma-re-Mount, and offers perhaps the earliest description of Native American life and culture. Morton's book is also significant for being, unlike virtually every other early history of the region, told from the point of view of a non-Puritan. Indeed, Morton and his companions were viewed with hostility by the Pilgrims of nearby Plymouth and other settlements, who considered their reveling and association with the local Indians to be immoral. Morton's description of the revels and merriment at Ma-re-Mount gave rise to the depiction of Morton's exploits in a number of works of American literature, most notably Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "The Maypole of Merry Mount." For centuries Morton was disdained as an irresponsible liberitine whose account was not to be taken seriously because of its fictionalizing, harsh criticism of the Pilgrims, and obscure classical and biblical references. Since the 1960s, however, Morton has been seen in a more favorable light, as someone who presents a sympathetic and at least to some extent accurate account of early Native American life and manners, who shows an appreciation for the beauty of the American landscape, and who uses humor and satire to great effect to offer a critical look at the hypocrisy of the Pilgrims as he contrasts their inhumanity to the kindness and humanity of the Indians.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature
by Patricia B. Wallace (Editor); Wayne Franklin (Editor); Nina Baym (General Editor); Philip F. Gura (Editor); Jerome Klinkowitz (Editor); Arnold Krupat (Editor); Robert S. Levine (General Editor); Mary Loeffelholz (Editor); Jeanne Campbell Reesman (Editor)
Publication Date: 2011-11-15
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