Thomas Bangs Thorpe

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Thomas Bangs Thorpe, between 1855 and 1865

Thomas Bangs Thorpe (1815–1878) was an American antebellum humorist, painter, illustrator, and author best known for the short story "The Big Bear of Arkansas", which was first published in the periodical Spirit of the Times in 1841.[1][2][3][4][5] Thorpe's 1854 anti-slavery novel The Master's House focuses on a young man from North Carolina who was educated at a college in New England, then moved to Louisiana with his slaves and established a plantation there. The novel is important for its depiction of slave-trading and its mild, but persuasive, critique of slavery.

He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut from 1834 until 1837, and while at college gave evidence of artistic and literary talent. Thorpe's struggles with illness, however, prevented him from graduating.[6][7][8]


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  3. ^ "Thomas Bangs Thorpe, 1815-1878 The Hive of "The Bee-Hunter," A Repository of Sketches, Including Peculiar American Character, Scenery, and Rural Sports". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
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  5. ^ "Thomas Bangs Thorpe Auction Results - Thomas Bangs Thorpe on artnet". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Writers of the American Renaissance". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Charleston Renaissance Gallery". Charleston Renaissance Gallery. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Humor of the Old Southwest". Retrieved 14 April 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Thorpe, Thomas Bangs (1846). The Mysteries of the Backwoods.
  • Rickels, Milton (1962). Thomas Bangs Thorpe: humorist of the Old Southwest. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • "Thomas Bangs Thorpe". Dictionary of Literary Biography. BookRags. Retrieved 3 January 2009.

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