(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Arch, Stephen Carl. “The ’Progressive Steps’ of the Narrator in Crèvecur’s Letters from an American Farmer.” Studies in American Fiction 18 (Autumn, 1990): 145-158. Separates Crèvecur from the character of James and traces James’s progression through the work as closely related to the “epistolary form” and the “dialogic structure.” James is not the main character in an American Dream, but a character threatened by the dangers of revolution.

Carlson, David J. “Crèvecur’s Letters from an American Farmer.” In The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature, edited by Kevin J. Hayes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Provides in-depth discussion of Crèvecur’s essays.

_______. “Farmer Versus Lawyer.” Early American Literature 38, no. 2 (2003): 257-279. Argues that Letters from an American Farmer is a political allegory that examines crucial tensions in the philosophy of classic liberalism and in the social contract theory.

Cook, Elizabeth Heckendorn. “The End of Epistolarity: Letters from an American Farmer.” In Epistolary Bodies: Gender and Genre in the Eighteenth-Century Republic of Letters. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1996. Chapter focusing on Letters from an American Farmer is part of a larger analysis of eighteenth century epistolary narratives...

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