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Captain John Smith

A Select Edition of His Writings

Karen Kupperman

Paper: 978-0-8078-4208-9 ($26.95)

Copyright 1988
University of North Carolina Press

Captain John Smith was one of the most insightful and colorful writers to visit America in the colonial period. While his first venture was in Virginia, some of his most important work concerned New England and the colonial enterprise as a whole.

The publication in 1986 of Philip Barbour's three-volume edition of Smith's works made available the complete Smith opus. In Karen Ordahl Kupperman's new edition her intelligent and imaginative selection and thematic arrangement of Smith's most important writings will make Smith accessible to scholars, students, and general readers alike. Kupperman's introductory material and notes clarify Smith's meaning and the context in which he wrote, while the selections are large enough to allow Captain Smith to speak for himself. As a reasonably priced distillation of the best of John Smith, Kupperman's edition will allow a wide audience to discover what a remarkable thinker and writer he was.

About the Author

Karen Ordahl Kupperman is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of Settling with the Indians: The Meeting of English and Indian Cultures in America, 1580-1640 and Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony.


Captain John Smith will remain a figure of controversy in early American history, but he will at last be clearly understood through this admirably edited seletion from his works.

--David B. Quinn

Professor Karen Ordahl Kupperman has provided us with an admirably balanced and judicious selection of the redoubtable Capt. John Smith’s oeuvre, conveniently arranged into five definitive and thoroughly annoated sections. For those readers who do not have the time, cash, or patience for Philip Barbour’s complete editiong of Smith’s writings, this volume—based on the Barbour text—will most decidedly suffice, and Professor Kupperman’s thoughtful introduction provides an admirable synopsis of the whole.

--John Seelye

A most useful compendium that so attractively distills John Smith's writing that some will want to go on to explore the three-volume edition that was the great accomplishment of Philip L. Barbour.

--Journal of Southern History