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Brackenridge, Hugh Henry. (1748 - 1816).

L i f e

- served subsequently as a minister, editor, writer, lawyer, and judge

- founded the Pittsburgh Gazette, the city’s first newspapaer

- also founded the United States Magazine, published poems by his friend Philip Freneau

- helped to established the today’s University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)

W o r k

- his early work includes two patriotic plays and some verse

“A Poem on the Rising Glory of America”:

- in collaboration with P. Freneau

Modern Chivalry (1815):

< inspired by Tobias Smollett and Cervantes’s Don Quijote

- a satirical picaresque comedy in a vigorous style

- the first novelist treatment of the frontier: pictures backwoods life in America, and ridicules the excesses of a raw democracy

- captain Farrago = a bookish man of principle, travels with his Irish low and base servant to the American frontier

Father Bombo’s Pilgrimage to Mecca in Arabia:

- an unfinished novel


"This servant of mine is but a bog-trotter, who can scarcely speak the dialect in which your laws ought to be written; but certainly he has never read a single treatise on any political subject; for the truth is, he cannot read at all".

From Modern Chivalry (1815).


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Hugh Henry Brackenridge. (1748 - 1816). American.
  • Work

    Novelist. Playwright. Poet. Founder of the Pittsburgh Gazette.
  • Genres

    Satire. Political writing.


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