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Describing Early America

Describing Early America

Bartram, Jefferson, Crevecoeur, and the Influence of Natural History

by Pamela Regis

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

200 pages, 140.00 x 216.00 x 0.00 mm, 7 illus.

  • ISBN: 9780812216868
  • Published: April 1999



Describing Early America is a study of William Bartram's Travels, Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, and J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer that situates them within two important intellectual traditions: the literature of travel and the science of natural history. Pamela Regis contends that the travel genre provided the narrative framework on which these texts were built, but that natural history offered much more: a way of looking at the world, a way of describing what the authors saw, and an overarching scheme in which to fit what they had seen.