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Letters from an American Farmer
     

Letters from an American Farmer

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by Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Susan Manning, J. Hector Crevecoeur
 

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ISBN-10: 0192838989

ISBN-13: 9780192838988

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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 identity issues, these Letters celebrate personal

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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 identity issues, these Letters celebrate personal determination, freedom from institutional oppression, and the largeness and fertility of the land. They also address darker and more symbolic elements, particularly slavery. This book is the only critical edition available of what is seen by many as the first-ever work of American literature.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192838988
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(31)
Note on the Text xxxviii(3)
Select Bibliography xli(3)
Chronology of J. Hector St John de Crevecoeur xliv
LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN FARMER
1(218)
Appendix: Index to the Revised 1783 Edition 219(8)
Explanatory Notes 227

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