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Published: 21 May 2020

288 Pages | 18 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198812517

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American Claimants

The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Sarah Meer

  • A study of the figure of the American heir to a British estate, a 'claimant', in nineteenth and early twentieth century literature
  • Explores the significance of the claimant in Britain, the United States, and South Africa and compares national differences and transatlantic culture
  • Studies both canonical and forgotten texts and discusses Frances Trollope, Julia Griffiths, Alexander Crummell, John Dube, James McCune Smith, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mark Twain
  • Draws on a range of works including theatrical comedy, children's fiction, and antislavery periodicals