The twelve essays that make up his Letters from an American Farmer are, ostensibly at least, the product of a hand unfamiliar with the pen. The opening letter presents the central theme quite clearly: The decadence of European civilization makes the American frontier one of the great hopes for a regeneration of humanity.
See Article History Alternative Titles: He wandered the Ohio and Great Lakes region, took out citizenship papers in New York inbecame a farmer in Orange county, and in married Mehitable Tippet, with whom he had three children.
Persecuted by both sides, he left rebel country only to languish for months in a British army prison in New York City before sailing for Europe inaccompanied by one son. In London, using his American name, J. John, he arranged for the publication in of 12 essays called Letters from an American Farmer.
Reunited with his children, he set about organizing a packet service between the United States and France, continued an interest in botany, and published articles on agriculture and medicine.
A two-year furlough in Europe resulted in a larger, second edition of the French Lettres, 3 vol. He lived quietly in France and Germany until his death. His reputation was further increased in the s when a bundle of his unpublished English essays was discovered in an attic in France.
His charming style, keen eye, and simple philosophy are universally admired. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:Michel-Guillaume de Crèvecoeur was a French settler in the American colonies in the s. Coming from France he could not believe the incredible diversity in the American colonies.
Living in one area, he encountered people of English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, German, French, Irish, Swedish, Native American, and African descent.
We now know that J. Hector St. John was a pseudonym for Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (). His collection of fictional epistles provided early glimpses into Americans.
When this book first appeared in print, it was incredibly popular in Europe, but not in the then-new United States. Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (writing as J. Hector St. John), "What Is an American?" Letter III of Letters from an American Farmer, written late s-early s, publ.
, selections. The landscape images above depict the New York Catskill Mountains in —the embodiment of American expanse and opportunity, far from .
Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (as James Hector St. John) written ca.
, published , selections The landscape above depicts the New York Catskill Mountains in the embodiment of American expanse and opportunity, far. Michel Guillaume Jean de Crèvecœur (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl ɡijom ʒɑ̃ də kʁɛvkœʁ]; December 31, – November 12, ), naturalized in New York as John Hector St.
John, was a French-American writer. He was born in Caen, Normandy, France, to the Comte and Comtesse de Crèvecœur (Count and Countess of Crèvecœur). Aug 04, · American is the new man who acts with new principles.
He is the man of the mixture of nations like German, French and Irish, not only a race. Crevecoeur also says that all the nations can make important changes for composing “race of men “ .