Thomas Bangs Thorpe manuscript, undated
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Brief Description: Manuscript on topics related to the United States, attributed to Thomas Bangs Thorpe.
Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Record Series Number: 00/2010-238-0
Created by: Thorpe, Thomas Bangs (1815-1878)
Volume: 1.0 Items
Biographical Note for Thorpe, Thomas Bangs (1815-1878) : American humorist and one of the most effective portrayers of American frontier life and character before Mark Twain.  Thorpe studied painting and at age 18 exhibited his “Ichabod Crane” at the American Academy of Fine Arts, New York City. In 1836 he moved to Louisiana, where he published successively five newspapers, chiefly in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Thorpe's “The Big Bear of Arkansas” (published in 1841 in the New York City magazine Spirit of the Times) was so outstanding a tall tale that some historians have named certain southwestern contemporaries of Thorpe the Big Bear school of humorists.  Following a political defeat, Thorpe moved in 1854 to New York City and published his finest sketches as The Hive of the Bee Hunter. During the American Civil War he saw service in New Orleans; afterward he returned to New York City and spent his remaining years painting, working at the customhouse, and writing for Harper's, Appleton's, and other magazines.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
United States - History
Genres/Forms of Material
Manuscripts
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Donor unknown.  Found in collection.
PreferredCitation: Thomas Bangs Thorpe manuscript (2010-238-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759