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Letters from an American Farmer
  • ISBN: 9780199554744
  • Pages: 288
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Letters from an American Farmer

J. Hector St John de Crévecœur

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Written by an emigrant French aristocrat turned farmer, Letters from an American Farmer posed the famous question  ‘What, then, is the American, this new man?’.

Letters addresses some of American literature’s most pressing concerns: the issue of American identity, personal determination, and freedom from institutional oppression. Celebrating the largeness and fertility of the land, de Crévecœur’s narrative also introduces darker and more symbolic elements, including slavery, and casts a long shadow of influence on subsequent writing about the moral, spiritual, and material topography of the new nation.

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