Hugh Henry Brackenridge

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  • Leonard von Morze (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

A prolific writer, political figure, and judge, Hugh Henry Brackenridge has always enjoyed some attention from scholars in literary, intellectual, and legal history. Nevertheless, he has never sat very comfortably in any one of these fields, and it remains unlikely that Brackenridge studies will ever enjoy boom times, though wildly divergent assessments of his work continue to appear.

Literary scholars, for example, cannot agree on whether Brackenridge’s central work, Modern Chivalry (1792-1815), is “the most complete (800 pages) expression of the neoclassical spirit in the new nation” (Heiser, 96), or a “deconstruction” of the “eighteenth-century oppositional ideology” associated with those Augustan …

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von Morze, Leonard. "Hugh Henry Brackenridge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2009
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