Although his name is mentioned today more frequently in posh restaurants around the world than in literary circles, in his time he was the most important author of his country. As a young man, he came to America with a letter of introduction to President Washington, and dressing up as an Indian, set out to discover America supposedly in search of the Northwest Passage. Back home, he got published (1802) a massive work advocating his country's return to Christianity. In 1823 he was appointed minister of foreign affairs. Name the author.

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Answer to Book Bag #426: The first names that the following writers dropped are given in parentheses before the names: (1) (Harry) Sinclair Lewis; (2) (George) Norman Douglas; (3) (Adeline) Virginia Woolf; (4) (Francis) Bret Harte; (5) (Enoch) Arnold Bennett; (6) (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer; (7) (Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay; (8) (Newton) Booth Tarkington; (9) (John) Robinson Jeffers; and (10) (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson.

Winner: Jim Deutsch, Washington, D.C.