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Author: J Hector St John de Crèvecoeur; Dennis D Moore
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.
Series: John Harvard library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Letters from an American Farmer was published in London in 1782, just as the idea of an 'American' was becoming a reality. Those epistolary essays introduced the European public to America’s landscape and customs and have since served as the iconic description of a then-new people. Dennis D. Moore’s convenient, up-to-date reader’s edition situates those twelve pieces from the 1782 Letters in the context of thirteen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J Hector St John de Crèvecoeur; Dennis D Moore
ISBN: 9780674051812 0674051815
OCLC Number: 792886792
Description: xxxvi, 372 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : moving beyond "the farmer of feelings" --
A note on Crèvecoeur's text and on emendations --
Introductory letter --
Thoughts, feelings and pleasures of an American farmer --
What is an American? --
Description of the island of Nantucket, with the manners, customs, policy and trade of the inhabitants --
Customary education and employment of the inhabitants of Nantucket --
Description of the island of Martha's Vineyard and of the whale-fishery --
Manners and customs at Nantucket --
Peculiar customs at Nantucket --
Description of Charles-Town; thoughts on slavery; on physical evil; a melancholy scene --
On snakes; and on the humming-bird --
From Mr. IW-n AL-z, a Russian gentleman; describing the visit he paid at my request to Mr. John Bertram, the celebrated Pennsylvanian botanist --
Distresses of a frontier man --
A happy family disunited by the spirit of civil war --
Rock of Lisbon --
Sketches of Jamaica and Bermudas and other subjects --
The commissioners --
Ingratitude rewarded --
Susquehannah --
The grotto --
Hospitals --
A sketch of the contrast between the Spanish and the English colonies --
A snow-storm as it affects the American farmer --
The frontier woman --
History of Mrs. B --
The man of sorrow.
Series Title: John Harvard library.
Responsibility: J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur ; edited and with an introduction by Dennis D. Moore.

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