publication of my book about belgo-american family links, SI LOIN D'ANVERS


Dear Belgian Researchers, 

I am delighted to announce the publication by l’Harmattan of my new book Si loin d’Anvers : La correspondance transatlantique de la famille StierThis is the second of my two books devoted to the correspondence of the Stier family from Antwerp with their American daughter.


Here is a short description:


This book presents the transatlantic correspondence (1803-1821) of a patrician family from Antwerp, whose youngest daughter overcame the difficulties of emigration, marrying an American and settling with him on a slave plantation in Maryland. Their letters read like a novel. They reveal how, on the eve of Belgium's independence, these refugees from the French Revolution, descendants of the painter Rubens, helped their daughter to assert an already clearly Belgian cultural specificity in the American capital.


The book, in French, can be ordered in paper or digital format on the site of les Editions Harmattan, and you can read the first 25 pages on the website to get an idea.


I hope this book will be a useful addition to your collection. Please feel free to forward this message to all interested friends, colleagues and librarians.

Cordially yours,


Jacqueline Letzter

Dr. Jacqueline Letzter
39, bd du Pape Jean XXIII
06300 Nice
Tél:  (+33) (0)9 50 76 46 29

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