The Emigrants

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Penguin, 1998 - Fiction - 306 pages
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"The American Gilbert Imlay is known to readers of British Romanticism as the cad who abandoned Mary Wollstonecraft, the founding mother of modern feminism. Few are as well-acquainted with The Emigrants, Imlay's delightful epistolary novel set in the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky, then the American frontier. The Emigrants (1793), one of the first Americna novels, contrasts the rigid political structures of England with the promise of the American West as a socially just utopia. Its sensational love plots also dramatize the plight of women trapped in degrading marriages, frankly advocating relaxed divorce laws." -- back cover.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
v
Introduction
ix
Suggestions for Further Reading
li
A Note on the Text
lvii
THE EMIGRANTS c or the History of an Expatriated Manners Drawn from Real Characters Written in America
lxi
Explanatory Notes
257
Glossary
305
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About the author (1998)

Gilbert was born in New Jersey.

Verhoeven is Professor of American Literature.

Amanda Gilroy is Lecturer in English at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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