Dr. Alexander Hamilton

Kevin J. Hayes

in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195187274
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Dr. Alexander Hamilton

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This article focuses on life and work of Dr. Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton happened to spent a night with The Adventures of Joseph Andrews (1742), Joseph Andrews' seminal work and the first comic novel in the history of English Literature. Gradually Hamilton went on to compose his own work and embark on voyages. The History of the Ancient and Honourable Tuesday Club, the fictionalized proceedings of the Annapolis club that Hamilton founded, is to American literature what The History of Tom Jones (1749) is to English literature. Unlike Fielding, who established a sizable contemporary following, Hamilton, save for his pseudonymous contributions to the Maryland Gazette, was read solely by a close-knit group of friends. The history behind the establishment of the Tuesday Club is recorded in detail in this chapter. The concluding part of the article constitutes the history of the fictionalized club and the contribution of Dr. Hamilton to American literature.

Keywords: Alexander Hamilton; voyages; American literature; Tuesday Club

Article.  8513 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers)

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