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Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830: Writing, Fighting, and Marrying for Money

Erik Simpson


This book proposes the mercenary as a meeting point of psychological, national, and ideological issues that connected the severed nations of Britain and America following the American Revolution. When writers treat the figure of the mercenary in literary works, the general issues of incentive, independence, and national service become intertwined with two of the well-known social developments of the period: an increased ability of young people to choose their spouses and the shift from patronage to commercial, market-based support of authorship. While the slave, a traditional focus of transatl ... More

Keywords: mercenary, American Revolution, independence, national service, liberty, Charles Brockden Brown, Charlotte Smith, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, James Fenimore Cooper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748636440
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Simpson, author