Paul Revere and the World He Lived in

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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This vivid account of the life and times of Paul Revere was first published in 1942 to great acclaim and a Pulitzer Prize. An elegant storyteller and expert historian, Edith Forbes paints a memorable portrait of American colonial history and of this most legendary of revolutionary heroes -- "not merely one man riding one horse on a certain lonely night of long ago, but a symbol to which his countrymen can yet turn."

Author Biography

Esther Forbes (1891-1967) garnered a Newbery Medal and an enduring place in children's literature with the publication of Johnny Tremain. Her adult novel, Paul Revere and the World He lived In, won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1942.

Table of Contents

I 1715--1735
Apollos Rivoire comes to Boston. He serves Mr. John Coney and learns the silversmith's arts. He follows his trade, joins a church, and marries into the Hitchourn family. On the first day of January, 1735, his eldest son is baptized Paul Revere
II 1735--1756
The Revere family increases. Paul gets a sufficient education at school, in the shop, and around the wharves. He earns money as a bell-ringer at Christ's and hears the opening gun of revolution. A murder is instigated at Clark's Wharf. His father dies and he goes to fight the French. A return to Boston
III 1756--1764
Paul Revere marries Sary Orne. By joining the Masons he meets James Otis, Joseph Warren, etc. He keeps a ledger, pays and receives rent, makes silver and fights Tom Fosdick. Smallpox strikes the Reverses and causes horror throughout Boston. Sam Adams tells John Adams the part Hancock is to play in the coming drama
IV 1764--1769
Popes' days and riots. Forced by hard times Paul Revere turns to new trades. He joins sundry clubs, all revolutionary in character, tries his hand at engraving and dentistry, but excels as a silversmith. The Sons of Liberty drive the commissioners to Castle Island. And England sends troops, who make an insolent parade
V 1770--1773
The bloody work on King Street results in a famous engraving, a diagram, and a fair trial. The Reveres leave Clark's Wharf for North Square and illuminate their house. Paul Revere goes to a dance. Sara's last child is born and she dies. He marries Rachel Walker. The tea ships arrive. His first known ride is short. After attending the Boston Tea Party, he takes another ride---this time to Philadelphia
VI 1773--1775
Back from Philadelphia, Paul Revere finds Boston in confusion. He makes silver and engravings, but is always ready to ride. Governor Hutchinson turns Boston over to General Gage, and leaves for London. British soldiers once more possess the town, but Paul Revere carries word of their plans. He spends Sabbath on Castle Island as Colonel Leslie retreats. A Massacre oration. British and rebel spies infest each other's camps. The time has come
VII 1775
As Robert Newman hangs the lanterns, Paul Revere crosses to Charles-town. He carries the alarum to Lexington. The British capture him, set him free, and he returns to John Hancock and Sam Adams. He saves Hancock's trunk for him and goes into Cambridge. He risks a trip into Boston. His family finally succeed in getting a pass. By May he is printing money. By June the battle of Bunker Hill is fought. General Washington catches Doctor Church red-handed
VIII 1776--1779
Paul Revere gets plans for a powder mill. When Gage and the Tories leave Boston, he returns to North Square. As a dentist he is able to identify Joseph Warren's body. Boston is afraid of its Tories. `Joyce Jun'r' and his cart. Lieutenant Colonel Revere is in command of Castle Island. He fires upon Yankee ships. Lewis Ansart teaches him the founders' arts. Other Frenchmen arrive. The strange death of Saint-Sauveur. Alarums and excursions. The Somerset's guns are salvaged
IX 1779--1792
The Penobscot campaign proves a fiasco and hard times become even harder. Thomas Hutchinson dies before the news of Yorktown. Paul Revere tries commercial ventures, but silver is his main support. He fights for a court martial, re-establishes his character, and writes letters to his cousins in Guernsey and France. Massachusetts ratifies the Constitution, and Paul Revere's part. He sets up a foundry and casts the first bell ever cast in Boston. `A Madman gone to Boston.'
X 1792--1818
Paul Revere (no longer young) is involved in civic projects and the welfare of children, grandchildren, and friends. He discovers the secret of rolling copper and establishes a great industry. He sheathes the Constitution, the State House dome, and many ships. In Cantondale is his abode. He and Rachel have their portraits painted, and live happily until the end, which comes for Paul Revere on the tenth day of May, 1818
Notes 467(18)
Genealogical Data 485(6)
Bibliography 491(6)
Index 497

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