JARED AND THE YANKEE GENIUS by Margaret Crary

JARED AND THE YANKEE GENIUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a semi-historical/biographical novel. The Yankee Genius is Abel Buell, who had the same skill and inventiveness of some early American leaders such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, shared their patriotism, but lacked their stability and good sense. In fact in many respects he was a rogue, he bore the scars of his punishment for counterfeiting, and he left the Patriots dangling for years as he procrastinated on the vital type foundry he promised to establish. But his contributions included the Great Wall Map of the United States. the invention of a lapidary machine, the dies for the first United States coin, and many other ingeniously crafted articles. This is the biographical portion of the book; the historical deals with Revolutionary New Haven and Yale University's early years. The story belongs to one Jared Read, who as Buell's apprentice has the adventurous fortune to accompany his master on a trip to unexplored Florida, to share in some of his escapades, to meet many important figures--notably the then young Daniel Webster, and to see some battling. Buell is an intriguing personality, and the book should be interesting to those in the Connecticut area.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1965
Publisher: McKay