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but is at his best when he forgets his theories. There.is much humor in American writings. Of the lesser humorists, Browne, Locke, and Shaw depended in part upon incorrect spelling, and Shillaber upon a comical misuse of words. Our best humorist is Clemens. He is not only a wit, but also a man of much literary talent. His fun is always founded upon common sense. Most of our historians have chosen American history as their theme. Many volumes of biographies and reminiscences have been published. The magazine article has taken the place of the lecture platform and the magazines form a progressive encyclopædia of the advancement of the world. Great numbers of children's books have appeared. Among those authors that have written for children alone are Abbott and Miss Alcott. Many juvenile magazines and papers have been founded. The Youth's Companion is the oldest of all. Many literary influences are at work. What the resultant will be is still unknown.
Writers who are remembered by a single work:
Clement C. Moore,
the night before David Everett,
Woodman, spare that tree Albert G. Greene,
William Augustus Muhlenberg, Old Grimes
I would not live alway
The Bivouac of the Dead Francis Hopkinson,
John Howard Payne,
James Rider Randall,
Thomas Buchanan Read,
Frank 0. Ticknor, A Life on the Ocean Wave Virginians of the Valley Samuel Francis Smith,
Samuel Woodworth, My Country, 't is of thee The Old Oaken Bucket
SELECTIONS FROM COLONIAL AND
GEORGE SANDYS, COLONIAL TREASURER OF
1577-1644 STRICTLY speaking, both Sandys and Smith are entitled to rank among the builders of American colonies rather than of American literature. Americans, however, cannot well help feeling a claim to Sandys's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses as being the first piece of literary English written in what is now the United States.
From “ Ovid's Metamorphosis, Englished by G. S.” London, 1626.
Baucis and Philemon
Ioue hither came, with his Cyllenian mate;