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Dodging death and success from La Rochelle to Biloxi and back, with some gardening in between, Dumont de Montigny survived to put quill to paper. His restless memoir, now briskly translated, offers a stereotype-shattering window onto eighteenth-century transatlantic life and writing.

--Catherine Desbarats, McGill University

Gordon Sayre is to be applauded for making this memoir accessible for the first time in English as well as for his introduction, notes, and an especially useful biographical dictionary that valuably embeds Dumont’s narrative in its literary, historical, and transatlantic contexts. A welcome addition to the growing literature on colonial Louisiana and the multilingual Atlantic world.

--Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University

Dumont de Montigny’s account of his adventures, designed to demonstrate his skills, display his sensibility, and defend a contested reputation for merit, provides a wonderfully fresh and detailed portrait of the struggles for power and prestige among the colonists and of encounters between settlers and native peoples. This Memoir offers important new insights into the negotiation of personal identity in journeys between the Old World and the New.

--Patrick Coleman, University of California, Los Angeles