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The Dividing Line Histories of William Byrd II of Westover After hisVirginia North Carolina boundary expedition, Virginia planter and politician William Byrd II composed two very different accounts of his adventures The Secret History of the Line was written for private circulation, offering tales of scandalous behavior and political misconduct, peppered with rakish humor and personal satire The History of the Dividing Line, continually revised by Byrd for decades after the expedition, was intended for the London literary market, though not published in his lifetime Collating all extant manuscripts, Kevin Joel Berland s landmark scholarly edition of these two histories provides wide ranging historical and cultural contexts for both, helping to recreate the social and intellectual ethos of Byrd and his time Byrd enriched his narratives with material appropriated from earlier authors, many of whose works were in his library the most extensive in the American colonies Berland identifies for the first time many of Byrd s sources and raises the question how reliable are histories that build silently upon antecedent texts and present borrowed material as firsthand testimony In his analysis, Berland demonstrates the need for a new category to assess early modern history writing the hybrid, accretional narrative

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  1. Krista Krista says:

    Includes both the original History and the Secret History Annotated and footnoted so you can make comparisons between the two versions, and Berland has footnoted families and included any research that has been done on them The original History was published as a journal travelogue for polite society while the Secret History is focused on thebawdy and risqu stories from the journals of William Byrd II If your family was living

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