Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur (1735-1813) who also wrote under the pseudonyms John Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Agricola; Un Membre Adoptif de la Nation Oneida and others, was a French-American writer. In 1779, during the American Revolution, the faltering health of his father forced him to travel to Europe. In 1782, in London, he published a volume of narrative essays entitled the Letters From an American Farmer. The book quickly became the first literary success by an American author in Europe and turned Crevecoeur into a celebrated figure. He was the first writer to describe to Europeans-employing many American English terms-the life on the American frontier and to explore the concept of the American Dream, portraying American society as characterized by the principles of equal opportunity and self-determination. His work provided useful information and understanding of the "New World" that helped to create an American identity in the minds of Europeans by describing an entire country rather than another regional colony. The writing celebrated American ingenuity and its uncomplicated lifestyle and spelled out the acceptance of religious diversity in a melting pot being created from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.