“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.”
Burton Raffel 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.
—Linda Ty-Casper, author of DreamEden and Awaiting Trespass