William Starbuck Mayo


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(1811–95), New York doctor whose voyage to Spain and northern Africa resulted in the novel Kaloolah; or, Journeyings to the Djébel Kumri (1849), a romance about the Yankee Jonathan Romer and his marriage to an African princess. The contrast between the U.S. and Africa gives rise to a Gulliverian satire. The Berber (1850) is a novel with a careful depiction of contemporary Moorish life, which was the result of firsthand observation. Never Again (1873) is a novel about a Yankee in wealthy New York society. Romance Dust from the Historic Placer (1851; republished as Flood and Field, 1855) collects short stories.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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