Claude-François-Adrien Lezay-Marnésia: Lettres écrites des rives de l'Ohio [Letters written from the banks of the Ohio] (2161 words)

Benjamin Hoffmann (Ohio State University)
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Determining the genre to which Claude-François-Adrien de Lezay-Marnésia’s Lettres écrites des rives de l’Ohio [Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio] belong is no easy task. At first glance, this collection of three letters sent by Lezay-Marnésia to his friend, Stanislas de Boufflers, to the famous Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and to his eldest son, Albert de Lezay-Marnésia, seems to be an historical document where the author discusses the real events he witnessed while traveling in the United States between the summer of 1791 and the spring of 1792, when he attempted to build in present-day Ohio a colony for French emigrants fleeing the Revolution. Nevertheless, the Letters are the work of a man of …

Citation: Hoffmann, Benjamin. "Lettres écrites des rives de l'Ohio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2016 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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