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date: 16 May 2021

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This article analyzes the picaresque travel narratives, a genre peculiar to travel writing. This genre developed when travelers, temporarily removed from their familiar surroundings for work or pleasure, were prone to account for day-to-day happenings with the steady view of informing and entertaining the reader. They thus made the most of their southward or westward explorations in a style often akin to picaresque literature. The narrator was, however, no picaro recollecting sinful ups and downs in a stratified society, but a gentleman or a lady attentive to the manners of fellow colonists or Native Americans, from “savage” squaws or medicine men to uncouth country bumpkins and arrogant planters. A detailed analysis of the works of John Lawson, William Byrd II follows. As a diarist Byrd shares the planters' condescending views of the common run of humanity. The concluding part of the article analyzes Edward Kimber's works.

Keywords: picaresque, travel narratives, picaro, colonist, native Americans

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