Friday Mystery Author (Bonus Installment): Nov. 13, 2006

This is the first of an ongoing series, for fun: on Fridays, I’ll post a passage from a more or less well-known author. Take a shot at identifying the author and work in the comments, and I’ll post the answer on Monday. (I know I’m not the only one to think of this.)

This week we have a bonus entry: posted on Monday, and I’ll reveal the author on Friday. The quotation is topical. Here goes:

I’ve said a thousand times – and whenever I get the chance I’ll say again – that Hamet was a great and good man who was sacrificed to American mediocrities, American petty politicians, American determination to put self-seekers and time-servers in office and leave them there. After all, William Eaton was an American; and America theoretically has the right, established by constant usage, to destroy great Americans by ignoring them, or underpaying them, or disappointing them, or scoffing at their abilities, or refusing to reward them for their efforts, or refusing to promote able young men over the heads of doddering incompetents. But Hamet wasn’t an American: he was a friend in a far land who trusted America, believed in America, was promised help by America; and any failure to provide that help should have been rightly resented as a stain upon America’s honor. If I had my way, I’d raise a statue to Hamet and set it on a pedestal before the Department of State in Washington, with the inscription:

Hamet Karamanli
a Great Man
Led to the Heights by Great Americans
and Destroyed by Small Ones

Leave your answers in the comments, and be sure to check back on Friday for the answer and a new installment of Friday Mystery Author.

UPDATE: If you have a blog, leave the url with your comment and I’ll link it on Friday.

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13 Responses to “Friday Mystery Author (Bonus Installment): Nov. 13, 2006”

  1. KC Says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess this very tough entry! I may not be right, but I had fun trying to figure out who wrote this.

    Joshua London “Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War With the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation”.

    I’ll be posting my mystery story later today. Hope you’ll drop by. And THANKS for stopping by yesterday!

  2. Timothy Says:

    KC,

    Thank you for stopping by – you are my very first commenter! It’s not Joshua London, though… it’s actually fiction, and this is the voice of the narrator. Glad you enjoyed this quote. I’m looking forward to your post.

    Timothy

  3. Friday Mystery Author: Kenneth Roberts « Zeal and Activity Says:

    […] The first (bonus) Friday Mystery Author is revealed: Kenneth Roberts, the Maine writer of scrupulously researched historical novels. This week’s passage was from the end of his novel Lydia Bailey, possibly my favorite of all his books. It chiefly concerns the Haitian Revolution under Toussaint L’Ouverture and the exploits of Edward Preble and William Eaton in Tripoli. Apparently it is now only available in paperback, but used hardcover copies are not hard to find. […]

  4. Friday Mystery Author: Nov. 17, 2006 « Zeal and Activity Says:

    […] Here is the first regular installment of Friday Mystery Author. Every Friday, I’ll post a passage from a more or less well-known book and invite all comers to identify the author and title. The first installment is here and the answer, posted earlier today, is here. Leave your answers in the comments, or just say hello, and if you have a url, please leave that too. […]

  5. Friday Mystery Author: Nov. 24, 2006 « Zeal and Activity Says:

    […] Here is the second installment of Friday Mystery Author (yes, a day late). Every Friday, I’ll post a passage from a more or less well known book and invite all comers to identify the author and title. The first installment is here and the answer is here. Leave your answers in the comments, or just say hello, and if you have a url, please leave that too. I hope you enjoy this one, a promise of hope for the cold months ahead: When spring came, after that hard winter, one could not get enough of the nimble air. Every morning I awakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over. There were none of the signs of spring for which I used to watch in Virginia, no budding woods or blooming gardens. There was only — spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind — rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted. If I had been tossed down blindfolded on that red prairie, I should have known that it was spring. […]

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    […] Author is revealed: Kenneth Roberts, the Maine writer of scrupulously researched historical novels. This week’s passage was from the end of his novel Lydia Bailey, possibly my favorite of all his books. It chiefly […]

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