A Boston Brahmin Abroad: George Ticknor, Hispanism, and Dartmouth

Letter from Michel Chevalier to George Ticknor, December 13, [1850?]

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Letter from Michel Chevalier to George Ticknor, December 13, [1850?]

Caption

Armed with letters of introduction from prominent Americans like Thomas Jefferson, Ticknor made friends and acquaintances with scholars, politicians, and men of letters all over Europe. In America, Ticknor kept up these relationships through letters. Europeans were curious about the young United States and sometimes anxious about its rise in political and cultural affairs. In this letter to Ticknor, Michel Chevalier says of Ticknor’s accomplishment as an American writing a definitive history of Spanish literature:
“Do you know that seeing you succeed in this bold endeavor is a real concern for us Europeans? This is indeed nothing less than the beginning of the American conquest of the Old World.”

Creator

Michel Chevalier

Date Created

1850?

Rights

Public domain

Bibliographic Citation

Michel Chevalier, Letter from Michel Chevalier to George Ticknor, December 13, [1850?], Ticknor 850663.1, Rauner Special Collections Library.

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Case Number

Case 3

Item Number

Item 2