Literary Life of James K. Paulding

Literary Life of James K. Paulding

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Literary Life of James K. Paulding

Literary Life of James K. Paulding

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Prominent among the pioneers of American letters, before Literature had become a profession in this country, was James K. Paulding. One of the most popular of our authors for awhile, towards the close of his extended life various circumstances kept him much in the background. This may prove, upon the whole, a fortunate accident for his prospect of a living remembrance. To be too heavily weighted is a disadvantage in the struggle for a name; and very much of what he wrote in his life, having been of a merely temporary or controversial character, has lost its significance to men, and need not be packed again upon his back. There remains what, in my opinion, deserves to be brought again to light.

In justice to the talents of the man, it should be observed that he was in no exact sense an author. Early involved in political disquisition, and in the discussion of principles which he considered as being the very foundation stones of our system, he devoted almost the whole of his mature life, that . . .

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