Augustus Baldwin Longstreet: Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck

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  • David Rachels (Virginia Military Institute)

Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck (1859) is the only novel by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, who is better known for his story collection, Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents, Etc. in the First Half Century of the Republic (1835). Longstreet began to write this novel in 1849 while serving as president of Centenary College in Jackson, Louisiana. He took, as his inspiration, “the over-indulgent mothers and unruly youth” of the college. The novel-in-progress fell by the wayside, however, when Longstreet left Centenary after only five months.

Longstreet completed Master William Mitten in 1859 when it was serialised in the recently founded

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Citation:
Rachels, David. "Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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