Arts & Humanities
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America
MODERN CHIVALRY, the first distinctively American novel, was written in installments in 1792-18151 by Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Princeton graduate and frontier lawyer. In addition to providing extensive commentary on the political differences of the Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians, the novel attempted to establish an apolitical value system for the new democracy which was based on philosophical reflection rather than existing social precedence. Brackenridge's concern with independent thinking in Modern Chivalry foreshadows the themes of artistic isolation, subjectivity, and alienation which preoccupy many nineteenth- and twentieth-century American novelists.
© 1971, Johns Hopkins University Press
Martin, Wendy. On the Road with the Philosopher and the Profiteer: A Study of Hugh Henry Brackenridge's Modern Chivalry. Eighteenth Century Studies 4:3 (1971), 241-256. (c) 1971 The Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted with permission of The Johns Hopkins University Press.