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Sheppard Lee Written By Himself

Bird, Robert Montgomery, Looby, Christopher
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc (NYRB Classics)
Published: January 15, 2008
ISBN: 9781590172292
472 pages

£8.99

Sheppard Lee, Written By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic. Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his soul into other men’s bodies. What follows is one increasingly practiced body snatcher’s picaresque journey through early American pursuits of happiness, as each new form Sheppard Lee assumes disappoints him anew while making him want more and more. When Lee’s metempsychosis draws him into the marriage market, the money market, and the slave market, Bird’s fable of American upward mobility takes a more sinister turn

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