By Gilbert Imlay
Imlay’s pleasant epistolary event of 1793, set at the American frontier, used to be one of many first American novels. the pains of an emigrant kinfolk within the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky distinction the decadence of Europe with the utopian promise of the yank West. Its sensational love plots additionally dramatize the novel’s astounding feminist allegiances.
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