In Search of America: Transatlantic Essays, 1951-1990

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Crèvecoeur Revisited

A version of this essay on Crèvecoeur was first presented in Washington D.C. in 1968 at a symposium to celebrate the opening of the National Portrait Gallery. It appeared in its present form in 1975, for the British Journal of American Studies. Three years later I abridged the two Crèvecoeur collections, Letters and Sketches, in one volume for the Folio Society, as The Divided Loyalist: Crèvecoeur's America ( London, 1978), with an introduction. European and American scholars, literary and historical, devoted considerable attention to Crèvecoeur in the 1980s, though not always with a full awareness of one another's work. "St. John de Crèvecoeur in the Looking Glass: Letters from an American Farmer and the Making of a Man of Letters," ( Early American Literature 19 ( 1984): 173-90), by Bernard Chevignard , is a good example. Other essays by him, in French, are listed in his helpful bibliography, which also draws attention to the article on Crèvecoeur by A. W. Plumstead in "American Literature, 1764-1789", ed. Everett Emerson ( Madison: Univeristy of Wisconsin Press, 1977), 213-31. Everett Emerson is the author of "Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur and the Promise of America," in Forms and Functions of History in American Literature: Essays in Honor of Ursula Brumm, ed. Winfried Fluck ( Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1981), 44-55; and he has been engaged in work on Crèecoeur manuscripts acquired in the 1980s by the Library of Congress. There are interesting ethnic speculations in Moses Rischin, "Creating Crèvecoeur's 'New Man': He Had a Dream," Journal of American Ethnic History 1 ( 1981): 26-42. On Crèvecoeur within the context of perceptual geography see Robert Lawson-Peebles, Landscape and Written Expression in Revolutionary America ( Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 100-109. A few fresh biographical details are offered in Gay Wilson Allen and Roger Asselineau, St. John de Crèvecoeur. The Life of anAmerican Farmer


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