The Englishmen (and English women) who showed up on the East Coast of North America wrote down what needed to be written down. It was not poetry or literary prose, but at times it was quite humorous. Here is a humorous account of the sub-literature of the US colonial period.
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Here is the first volume of Wesley E. Hall's 'Briar Patch' anthologies. Specifically, it is a humorous (but accurate) account of what was written by the men and women who came to the North American east coast in the Seventeenth Century. Others in this series will include William Faulkner's 'Yoknapatawpha Saga' (a tongue-in-cheek stroll through the briar patch that has sent many a college sophomore to his/her grave), Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' (a jolly horseback ride from Northumbria to Canterbury told in fifth grade level American-English), and the American Romantic Movement (a hilarious investigation of the first, second, and third stages of the poetry and prose of the United States.
By the time he was thirty-six, Washington Irving had been a lawyer, a businessman, and a soldier. He was later to become Minister to Spain, an honor his friends held above anything else he ever did.