Jubilee Jim by Robert Fuller The Life of Colonel James Fisk Jr.  Hard Cover 1928

Jubilee Jim by Robert Fuller The Life of Colonel James Fisk Jr. Hard Cover 1928

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Jubilee Jim by Robert Fuller The Life of Colonel James Fisk Jr. Hard Cover 1928
 
Jubilee Jim by Robert Fuller The Life of Colonel James Fisk Jr.  Hard Cover 1928, reprinted 1930 566 pages  Green cover
MR. FULLER'S death within a week after first revising the typescript of Jubilee Jim deprived the book of his Wit care and oversight during the final steps toward its publication.
His interest in Colonel Fisk was of long standing, and his researches in the period consumed much of the leisure of many busy years. Mr. Fuller elected to treat of Fisk's career in a biographical novel instead of a more formal biography because he felt that through that medium it is more nearly possible than through any other to set a life in relation to its environment, personal, physical, and economic. In not a few respects the art of the biographical novelist resembles the art of the historical painter.
Doubtless Mr. Fuller was attracted to Colonel Fisk by the same qualities as attracted Fisk's concemporaries,-his vitality, his spontaneous picturesqueness, and his humor. Yet he felt that to depict Fisk "in his habits, as he lived" demanded the words of an eye-witness and confidant. For the purpose he created what a German critic has called an observer-relator, Fisk's lifelong friend and publicity man, Rufus Phelps.
If to any reader Phelps appears too much the hero-worshipper and apologist of a man whose character is almost obscured by the sharpness of its contrasts, it must be said that, in respect to the right and the wrong of Fisk's life, Phelps is too much concerned with seeing justice done his dead friend to play the ungrateful moralist. Judgment he leaves to others. Neither the opinions of most contemporaries nor the verdicts of posterity have been overly kind to the Prince of Erie. Perhaps it is time that his memory were put in as kindly a light as possible before an age that has all but forgotten Bacon's words, "We are the ancients."

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