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Bradford's Indian Book: Being the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation

Betty Booth Donohue


This book, written partly in the Cherokee syllabary by a Cherokee critic, argues that William Bradford's Of Plimoth Plantation shows evidence of American Indian poetics. It is a revisioning of the genesis of American literary history. The book reveals that, from its earliest moments, American literature has owed its distinctive shape to the determining influence of American Indian thought and culture. It demonstrates the extent of this influence by identifying the scores of Native historical, biographical, and ceremonial texts, as well as vocabularies, compositional principles, and rhetorical ... More

Keywords: American Indian poetics, American literary history, American literature, ceremonial rituals, Cherokee syllabary, Of Plimoth Plantation, oral traditions, William Bradford

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037370
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Betty Booth Donohue, author