Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays
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Description: 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 other essays representative of Crèvecoeur’s writings in English.The “American Farmer” of the title is Crèvecoeur’s fictional persona Farmer James, a bumpkin from rural Pennsylvania. In his Introduction to this edition, Moore places this self-effacing pose in perspective and charts Crèvecoeur’s enterprising approach to self-promotion, which involved repackaging and adapting his writings for French and English audiences.Born in Normandy, Crèvecoeur came to New York in the 1750s by way of England and then Canada, traveled throughout the colonies as a surveyor and trader, and was naturalized in 1765. The pieces he included in the 1782 Letters map a shift from hopefulness to disillusionment: its opening selections offer America as a utopian haven from European restrictions on personal liberty and material advancement but give way to portrayals of a land plagued by the horrors of slavery, the threat of Indian raids, and revolutionary unrest. This new edition opens up a broader perspective on this artful, ambitious writer and cosmopolitan thinker who coined America’s most enduring metaphor: a place where “individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men.”
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Dennis D. Moore is University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the English Department at Florida State University.
|Introduction: Moving Beyond "The Farmer of Feelings"|
|A Note on Crï¿½vecoeur's Text and on Emendations|
|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|
|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|
|Suggestions for Further Reading|