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Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments 1. Early Years in Westchester County 2. The Beginning of a Literary Career, 1796-1812 3. Literary Defender of the United States, 1812-1819 4. Marriage and Experiments in Authorship, 1818-1824 5. Navy Agent and Social Satirist, 1824-1829 6. Short-Story Writer and Essayist, 1825-1832 7. Playwright, 1830-1832 8. Novelist, 1831-1833 9. Literary Lion, 1832-1838 10. Secretary of the Navy, 1838-1841-I: Taking the Helm 11. Secretary of the Navy-II: The U.S. Exploring Expedition 12. Secretary of the Navy-III: Reform and Innovation 13. Transitions, 1838-1841 14. A Tour of the New Nation, 1842 15. Activities in Retirement, 1842-1845 16. Activities in Retirement, 1846-1849 17. The Final Decade, 1850-1860 Notes Bibliography IndexLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Paulding, James Kirke, 1778-1860, Authors, American 19th century Biography, Nationalism and literature United States History 19th century, National characteristics, American, in literature