The Life of Washington
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1962 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
The effect of this "single, immortal, and dubious anecdote," and others like it, has made this book one of the most influential in the history of American folklore. Originally published as an eighty-page pamphlet entitled The Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington, it quickly attained immense popularity. In 1806 a so-called fifth edition was published which contained for the first time the tale of George Washington and the cherry tree; the book has survived to this day, although largely on the basis of that episode. This volume follows the text of the ninth (1809) printing, which included all the famous anecdotes. The first republication of the book since 1927, it is unique in its detailed commentary on Weems and other biographers of Washington.
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When about to expire , he lifted up his dying eyes and said— “ My brave
countrymen , I die , but don't let the cause of Liberty die with me . ” Now louder
and louder still , peal on peal , the American thunder burst forth with earth -
At this , Arnold , half choked with rage , replied , “ D - n the Rascals ! I'll remember
them for it . Sampson like I'll shake the pillars of their Liberty - temple about their
ears ! " On the evacuation of Philadelphia by the British , Gen. Arnold had been ...
Animated with such hopes he had long cherished that ardent philanthropy which
sighs for Liberty to all countries , and especially to his own . For Liberty he had
fought and conquered , and now considered it with all its blessings as at hand .
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If you have ever encountered the legendary anecdote concerning the youthful George Washington - who "could not tell a lie," and thus confessed to chopping down the cherry tree - and wondered where it ... Read full review
Introduction by Marcus Cunliffe
Note on the Text
Birth and Education
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