On a more technical level, at the beginning of the 19th century, clerics seemed a step ahead of secularists in figuring out what has been called the problem of collective representation. That is, how to write the history of a people? Clerics were doing it for religious groups before anyone was doing it for nations. Unfortunately, Barlow's history of the early US never got further than an outline. Instead, Barlow persisted with his poetry, which no one thinks is good.
Beside writing the great American epic, Barlow's other dream, proposed in his work Prospectus of a National Institution, was to run a national university and educational institution that would support the arts and sciences and train American teachers. It never came to be. Yet Barlow cannot be called a failure.
He enjoyed a long and happy marriage. He was an able polemicist, a sought-after translator, a skilled and honoured diplomat, and a very successful entrepreneur. Through speculation in seized ship cargoes, American frontier lands, and Parisian real estate, Barlow made an ample fortune. Buel's Joel Barlow is the first biography in two generations, and the best. No earlier biographer has given nearly as detailed and rich a portrait of Barlow's perhaps singularly expansive role in the cultural life, commerce, politics, and intrigue of the age of revolution.
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Barlow was a citizen of the revolutionary world, and his adventures throughout the United States and Europe during both the American and French Revolutions are numerous and notorious. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. He took a position at a Paris-based company speculating in American lands. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It was his unique vision, his unfailing belief in republicanism, and his entrepreneurial spirit that drove Barlow to pursue the revolutionary ideal in a way more emblematic of the age than the lives of many of its prominent heroes. View or edit your browsing history. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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Richard Buel Jr.'s biography of Joel Barlow (–) attempts to place Barlow into an Atlantic world context. Buel covers Barlow's life in. Poet, republican, diplomat, and entrepreneur, Joel Barlow filled many roles and registered impressive accomplishments. In the first biography of this fascinating.
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American Citizen in a Revolutionary World it was amazing 5. Poet, republican, diplomat, and entrepreneur, Joel Barlow filled many roles and registered impressive accomplishments. In the first biography of this fascinating figure in decades, Richard Buel Jr. Barlow was a citizen of the revolutionary world, and his adventures Poet, republican, diplomat, and entrepreneur, Joel Barlow filled many roles and registered impressive accomplishments.
Barlow was a citizen of the revolutionary world, and his adventures throughout the United States and Europe during both the American and French Revolutions are numerous and notorious. From writing his epic poem, The Vision of Columbus , to plotting a republican revolution in Britain to negotiating the release of American sailors taken captive by Barbary pirates, Joel Barlow personified the true spirit of the tumultuous times in which he lived.
No one witnessed more climactic events or interacted with more significant people than Joel Barlow.