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Letters from an American Farmer
     

Letters from an American Farmer

by J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur
 

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Written by an emigrant French aristocrat turned farmer, the Letters from an American Farmer (1782) posed the famous question: "What, then, is the American, this new man?", as a new nation took shape before the eyes of the world. Addressing some of American literature's most pressing concerns and issues of identity, the Letters celebrates personal determination,

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Written by an emigrant French aristocrat turned farmer, the Letters from an American Farmer (1782) posed the famous question: "What, then, is the American, this new man?", as a new nation took shape before the eyes of the world. Addressing some of American literature's most pressing concerns and issues of identity, the Letters celebrates personal determination, freedom from institutional oppression and the largeness and fertility of the land, and also raises darker and more symbolic elements, particularly slavery. This is the only critical edition available of what is regarded as the first ever work of American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525470083
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/20/1957
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Susan Manning is University Lecturer in English and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She edited Washington Irving's The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent and Scott's Quentin Durward - both in World's Classics.

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