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The Dividing Line Histories of William Byrd II of Westover
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The Dividing Line Histories of William Byrd II of Westover

Kevin Joel Berland


After his 1728 Virginia-North Carolina boundary expedition, Virginia planter and politician William Byrd II composed two very different accounts of his adventures. The Secret History of the Line was written for private circulation, offering tales of scandalous behavior and political misconduct, peppered with rakish humor and personal satire. The History of the Dividing Line, continually revised by Byrd for decades after the expedition, was intended for the London literary market, though not published in his lifetime. Collating all extant manuscripts, this edition of these two histories provide ... More

Keywords: Virginia planter, William Byrd II, political misconduct, satire, London literary market, American colonies, history writing, accretional narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469606934
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469606941_Berland


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Joel Berland, editor