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Letters from an American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Letters from an American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America (Penguin Classics)
Author: J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur - Albert E. Stone
ISBN 13: 9780140390063
ISBN 10: 140390065
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1981-12-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $16.00
 
 

American literature, as the voice of our national consciousness, begins with the works of Crevecoeur.

Published in 1782, Letters from an American Farmer painted a vivid portrait of the American scene, from New England seafaring life to Southern plantation culture. More popular abroad than at home, the work provided Europeans with their chief impression of American landscapes, peoples, institutions, values, and problems. In Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America Crevecoeur explored some of the unpleasant truths about the nation's birth pangs. These essays described the hardships of frontier life, the threat of Indian raids, and the bloody unrest between fanatical patriots and back-country loyalists.