Timothy Flint


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(1780–1840), Massachusetts missionary, whose Recollections of the Last Ten Years (1826), an account of his preaching pilgrimages in the Mississippi Valley, shows a firsthand acquaintance with the scenes used in his later novels. Francis Berrian; or, The Mexican Patriot (1826) is a romantic story of a New England Puritan in the Mexican revolution of 1822. George Mason, the Young Backwoodsman (1829) is a historical romance, and The Life and Adventures of Arthur Clenning (1828) is a fantastic tale of castaways in the South Seas and their later life on the Illinois frontier. The Shoshonee Valley (1830) tells the story of a New England mariner and his Chinese wife, who abandon civilization to live among the Indians. Flint was a professed follower of Chateaubriand, but, although he generally romanticizes the background, some of his writing on the Far West has a claim to realism. He also published The Western Monthly Review (1827–30), a literary journal interpreting the West, was the editor and probably largely the author of the Narrative of Pattie, and a popular Memoir of Daniel Boone (1833).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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