America Before the Civil War
A Novel by Burton Raffel
“Dramatizing the times of Jefferson, John Brown, and
Horace Greeley, Yankee Doric recovers the feverish restlessness
of a newly-formed nation growing from isolation to world position.
Through a family’s search for meaning in the face of
illness, infidelities, death, the vagaries of politics and
the looming possibility of civil war, the novel presents a
portrait of the young nation and its citizens. The language
is so fine that details become images; giving scope to the
national experience and stature to its characters, these images
fuse into the ideas that created the United States of America
and, still, enable it to endure.”
—Linda Ty-Casper, author of DreamEden
and Awaiting Trespass
America’s war against itself developed slowly, pressing
on people in all walks and ways of life. The Bingham family—of
New England, then rural New York, then the great city of New
York—was, like everyone else, caught up in deep, churning
passions. The Bingham men, as they struggle toward the lives
and loves they long for, reach into realms of commerce, politics,
diplomacy, journalism. Bingham women, almost too strong for
the roles society imposes, strive to be as they see themselves.
Though fictive, their stories are historical reincarnations,
since Yankee Doric mirrors faithfully the age and
has published more than one hundred books over his distinguished
career and is known internationally as a poet, translator,
literary critic, and editor. Yankee Doric is his
first published novel.
6 x 9, 400 pages
Distributed for Moon City Press.