Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs: Late of the Tallapoosa



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  1. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    read earlier this month An interesting tidbit of absolutely useless information Poe read and blurbed about this book in the journal Aristidean in 1845 So now if that question ever comes up in a trivia contest, you ll nail it.The motto of our hero in this book is It is good to be shifty in a new country, meaning, as the author explains, that it is right and proper that one should live as merrily and as comfortably as possible at the expense of others And this is precisely what Captain Sim read earlier this month An interesting tidbit of absolutely useless information Poe read and blurbed about this book in the journal Aristidean in 1845 So now if that question ever comes up in a trivia contest, you ll nail it.The motto of our hero in this book is It is good to be shifty in a new country, meaning, as the author explains, that it is right and proper that one should live as merrily and as comfortably as possible at the expense of others And this is precisely what Captain Simon Suggs does throughout his life, from his teen years on In fact, this con artist pulled his first major scam against his own dad, a Baptist preacher Adventures of Captain Suggs is a chronicle of Suggs adventures along the Tallapoosa in Alabama, and we read along as Suggs gets into predicament after predicament, always getting the better of someone and making a dollar or two in the process But we re not here just to see how much trouble Suggs can stir up for himself or others The introduction to this book states that this book flagrantly satirizes the Democrats, and especially former President Andrew Jackson, a lightning rod for the formation of the Whig party The entire collection of Suggs stories in this volume is framed as a campaign biography, in which the editor appeals to the Men of Tallapoosa at the end we have done Suggs is before you We have endeavoured to give the prominent events of his life with accuracy and impartiality If you deem that he has done the state some service, remember that he seeks the Sheriffalty of your county He waxes old He needs an office, the emoluments of which shall be sufficient to enable him to relax his intellectual exertions His military services his numerous family his long residence among you his gray hairs all plead for him Remember him at the polls Trust me After reading this book, Suggs would be the last man on earth to get my vote for the Sheriffalty of my county His creator, Jefferson Jones Hooper, started writing his Suggs stories in 1844, publishing them first in the East Alabamian, where he served as editor The motto of Jones newspaper was We stand upon the broad platform of Whig principles, so with that as a clue, it s not too difficult to figure out as you start to wade into the book that Adventures of Captain Suggs is meant to be a flat out satire But even as in my case if you know little to nothing about Jacksonian democracy, you may still find yourself mildly chuckling while reading these little stories, although quite honestly they were probably much funnier in their day


  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    As literature of the Southwestern humor sub genre goes, this is pretty quintessential.


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