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The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale

The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale

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The Man Without a Country

This copy of The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale with illustrations by Leonard Everett Fisher is an ex. library HB without a DJ. It was published by Franklin Watts, Inc. in 1960. Condition: Good--pages show slight handling; binding tight; cornerwear on the covers; spine is wiggly but everything is tight. Beautiful black and white illustrations throughout. Originally published in 1863. The true story of Philip Nolan.

"The Man Without a Country," written by Edward Everett Hale in 1863, tells the story of Philip Nolan, a young lieutenant in the United States Navy, who, at his court martial for treason, damned the United States and cavalierly wished that he might never hear her name again. Nolan's sentence was to have his wish fulfilled. For fifty-five years he was kept at sea, being repeatedly transferred from ships that approached land to those that were headed out to sea. Although Nolan was not treated like a prisoner, a unique protocol was developed that kept him from hearing or seeing any news from home.

Because of obscure references (especially early in the story) and some archaic wording, reading the story aloud is recommended. This provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that much can be gleaned from a story even when references are not completely understood. Pausing periodically to summarize the main points can help to keep students involved until you get to Hale's anecdotes that will truly captivate them.

In addition to delineating the consequences of an impetuous act, "The Man Without a Country" provides a thought-provoking portrait of a patriot. In essays or debates students might consider Was Nolan's sentence fair? Should he have been pardoned?

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