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Commonwealth Books of Virginia is pleased to announce that the translation of Daniel Vaugelade's Comments On Le Rochefoucauld's North American Travels has begun. February 28 2015

Carolyn Yohn of Untangled Translations in Granite Bay, California and Dr. Ivy Dykman, Adjunct Professor of French at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, will work together on the English translation, which is expected to be finished in August.

Comments on the North American Travels of Le Rochefoucauld-Liancourt 1794-1798

The duke was the clearest expositor of what life was like in America in the late-18th century." Professor Patrice Higonnet

(PRWEB) February 26, 2015

Ms Yohn and Dr. Dyckman's translation of Monsieur Vaugelade's work will be the first comprehensive summary of the duc de la Rochefoucauld's North American "voyage" printed in English since the duc’s journals were first published in 1799. Tocqueville scholar Hugh Brogan, Professor Emeritus, University of Essex Colchester, United Kingdom will provide a foreword that places la Rochefoucauld’s massive work in the context of the duc's time.    

Duke Alexandre François de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt fled France at the time of its September Massacres in 1792. He made his way from England to America, where he remained five years. During his self-imposed exile, the duke traveled from “le Haute-Canada” above Lake Ontario to Charleston, South Carolina. He returned to France following the coup of 18 Brumaire in 1799, which marked the beginning of the French Consulate and reign of Napoleon.

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Commonwealth Books of Virginia is pleased to introduce Lawrence Melton, a storyteller extraordinaire and the newest member of its author family February 28 2015

Author Lawrence Melton escaped from the supernatural world of the nation’s capital, but not before he encountered Henry Tuckahoe and learned the details of the 200-year old Indian avenger's fearful mission.

Lawrence Melton

"While I was in Washington, I noticed that some behavior was not ethical." Lawrence Melton

(PRWEB) February 26, 2015

About the Author:
Those who know Lawrence Melton agree that he is charming, witty, and extremely bright. These qualities of character survived the twenty years he spent practicing law in the District of Columbia and Virginia. His experience before the DC and Virginia bars did, however, sharpen his powers of observation and his understanding of human nature. He exhibits all of these gifts and skills in "Henry Tuckahoe's War on Washington". After writing this funny and irreverent swan song to life in the nation’s capital, Lawrence and his wife Pamela returned to her home state of South Carolina where Lawrence is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. When not teaching, Lawrence does what we think he does best, which is to apply his vast talents and wit writing books.

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Commonwealth Books of Virginia, "Where History, Philosophy, and Art Meet," has a bunch of blockbusters coming in 2015 January 14 2015

Expect to be enlightened, amazed, informed, and intrigued by these first four: "Pocahontas and Sacagawea - Interwoven Legacies in American History" by Cyndi Spindell Berck, "Comments on the North American Travels of Le Rochefoucauld-Liancourt 1794-1798 by Daniel Vaugelade, "George Washington's Mulatto Man - Who was Billy Lee ?" by James Thompson, and "The Hour of the Mistress" by Thomas Crocker

(PRWEB) January 14, 2015

In her new book, Pocahontas and Sacagawea - Interwoven Legacies in American History, author Cyndi Spindell Berck weaves the stories of two Native American heroines with those of their friends, kin, and contemporaries, tracing a slice of American migration from the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, across the Appalachian Mountains, through the land of the Cherokees, to St. Louis, up the Missouri River, and finally to the Pacific. We meet John Smith, Daniel Boone, and William Clark on this journey. We also meet famous mountain man James Beckwourth, who was a friend of Sacagawea’s son, and a Northern Paiute woman named Sarah Winnemucca, whose family gave its name to a town in Nevada.

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