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By Gilbert Imlay

Imlay’s pleasant epistolary experience of 1793, set at the American frontier, was once one of many first American novels. the pains of an emigrant kin within the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky distinction the decadence of Europe with the utopian promise of the yankee West. Its sensational love plots additionally dramatize the novel’s extraordinary feminist allegiances.

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