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Authors of Their Lives
Author: David A. Gerber

ISBN: 9780814731710
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: 17 March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 20.9 x 2.4
Description:
"ÝI¨n this excellent study....Gerber uses sophisticated social theory - quite elegantly - for a readable and insightful analysis of the immigrants and what migration meant to them....Gerber also breaks new ground by analyzing the 'rhythm' of letter writing - how immigrants' writing changed over time and what that reveals about their psychology, emotion, and adjustment....Altogether, Gerber provides a fresh model and another high standard for scholars of American immigration."--Journal of American History"Gerber provides an insightful examination of the role letters play in the shaping of identity....ÝW¨ill certainly help historians to address personal immigrant letters more critically."--American Historical ReviewAuthors of Their Lives is the definitive study of American and Canadian immigrant letters. David Gerber employs psychology, epistolary scholarship, as well as his superlative capacities as an empathetic reader, to reveal how letters constitute not only a record of immigrant experience, but were an agent in fashioning that experience. Authors of Their Lives is an invaluable contribution to transnational history at the mos...

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