William Alexander Caruthers

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William Alexander Caruthers (1802–1846) was an American novelist. Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia he was educated at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and later in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.[1] He lived in Savannah, Georgia from 1837 until his death in 1846.[2]

Caruthers' first novel, The Kentuckian In New York, published in 1834, is important for expressing skepticism about slavery, as well as arguing that termination was impractical at that point. The novel includes a subplot about a narrowly avoided slave revolt, which was likely influenced by Nat Turner's rebellion. Some credit a short inclusion of a letter by a slave in Arabic as influencing a similar subplot in Edgar Allan Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. His later and somewhat better known works include The Cavaliers of Virginia, or the Recluse of Jamestown and The Knights of the Horse Shoe.

The full text of The Kentuckian in New-York is available at the Internet Archive and the full text of The Knights of the Horse-Shoe is available at the University of North Carolina's Documenting the South archive.

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