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Gerzina, Gretchen

Works: 14 works in 83 publications in 1 language and 4,560 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Bildungsromans  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: E185.18, B
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Most widely held works by Gretchen Gerzina
Mr. and Mrs. Prince : how an extraordinary eighteenth-century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait of an African-American poet and her Revolutionary War veteran husband describes their groundbreaking court battle to retain their land in Vermont and Massachusetts when neighbors attempted to run them out of town
Frances Hodgson Burnett : the unexpected life of the author of The secret garden by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Hugely successful in her own time for adult novels and plays, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) would be astounded to find that she is remembered for a handful of books for children, but most of all for The Secret Garden, which has been enormously popular for generations. This biography - the first to have the full cooperation of Burnett's descendents and relatives - examines her life with lively intelligence, sensitivity, and fascinating new, never-before-published material." "Burnett's life was full of those reversals of fortune that mark her work. Following modest beginnings in mid-Victorian Manchester, she arrived in post-Civil War Tennessee at the age of fifteen with her widowed mother and two sisters. Burnett was the breadwinner of the family from the age of seventeen, eventually publishing a total of fifty-two books and writing and producing thirteen plays. She made and spent a fortune in her lifetime, was generous and profligate, yet anxious about money and obsessively hardworking." "Constantly restless and inventive, Burnett had a personal life as complex as her professional one. Her first marriage to a southern doctor disintegrated as a result of her notorious flirtations and a scandalous affair, and her subsequent marriage to an English doctor-turned-actor suffered a similar fate. She understood the intensity and loneliness of the thoughtful child, but was herself a largely absent mother of two sons - overwhelmed by guilt when tragedy struck one of them; the other never got over being the model for Little Lord Fauntleroy."--BOOK JACKET
Black London : life before emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Black London, Gretchen Gerzina shows how by the eighteenth century the work of all kinds of artists - Hogarth, Reynolds, Gillray, Rowlandson - as well as work by poets, playwrights and novelists, reveals to sharp eyes that not everyone in that elegant, vigorous, earthy world was white. In fact there were black pubs and clubs, balls for blacks only, black churches, and organizations for helping blacks out of work or in trouble. Many blacks were prosperous and respected: George Bridgtower was a concert violinist who knew Beethoven; Ignatius Sancho corresponded with Laurence Sterne; Francis Williams studied at Cambridge. Others, like Jack Beef, were successful stewards or men of business. But many more were servants or beggars, some turning to prostitution or theft." "Alongside the free black world was slavery, from which many of these people escaped. In particular, it was the business of kidnapping blacks for export to the West Indies that made Granville Sharp an abolitionist and brought the celebrated Somerset case before Lord Justice Mansfield. Those men are now heroes of human rights, yet Sharp probably did not believe in racial equality; and Mansfield, whose own much-loved great-niece was black, was so worried about property rights that he did all he could to avoid a judgment that would set blacks free." "The ties and conflicts of black and white in England, often cruel, often moving, were also complex and surprising. This book presents a fascinating chapter of history and one long in need of exploration."--BOOK JACKET
Carrington : a life by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
4 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume is a biography of English artist Dora Carrington (1893-1932). She was known generally simply as "Carrington" and she is remembered in part for her association with members of the Bloomsbury Group, especially the writer Lytton Strachey. Carrington's paintings illustrated her life, and the houses she shared with Strachey. She was an autobiographical painter, choosing as her subjects the people and places around her and distilling her emotions about them into images of "limpid intensity . . . her landscapes especially express a heightened sense of place that seems to well up from the unconscious."
Black Victorians/Black Victoriana ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Black Victorians/Black Victoriana is a welcome attempt to correct the historical record. Although scholarship has given us a clear view of nineteenth-century imperialism, colonialism, and later immigration from the colonies, there has for far too long been a gap in our understanding of the lives of blacks in Victorian England. Without that understanding, it remains impossible to assess adequately the state of the black population in Britain today. Using a transatlantic lens, the contributors to this book restore black Victorians to the British national picture. They look not just at the ways blacks were represented in popular culture but also at their lives as they experienced them-as workers, travelers, lecturers, performers, and professionals. Dozens of period photographs bring these stories alive and literally give a face to the individual stories the book tells. The essays taken as a whole also highlight prevailing Victorian attitudes toward race by focusing on the ways in which empire building spawned a "subculture of blackness" consisting of caricature, exhibition, representation, and scientific racism absorbed by society at large. This misrepresentation made it difficult to be both black and British while at the same time it helped to construct British identity as a whole. Covering many topics that detail the life of blacks during this period, Black Victorians/Black Victoriana will be a landmark contribution to the emergent field of black history in England."--Book cover
The annotated Secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. Includes biographical introduction
A room of their own : the Bloomsbury artists in American collections by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Carrington : a life of Dora Carrington, 1893-1932 by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
9 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The secret garden : authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, Burnett in the press, criticism by Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black England : life before emancipation by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Carrington : another look at Bloomsbury by Gretchen Gerzina ( )
5 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Searching for Bijah and Lucy a personal odyssey to find the black settlers of Vermont ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mr. and mrs. prince by Gretchen Gerzina ( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Merging comprehensive research and grand storytelling, Mr. and Mrs. Prince reveals the true story of a remarkable pre-Civil War African-American family, as well as the challenges that faced African-Americans who lived in the North versus the slaves who lived in the South. Lucy Terry, a devoted wife and mother, was the first known African-American poet and Abijah Prince, her husband, was a veteran of the French and Indian wars and an entrepreneur. Together they pursued what would become the cornerstone of the American dream'having a family and owning property where they could live, grow, and prosper. Owning land in both Vermont and Massachusetts, they were well on their way to settling in when bigoted neighbors tried to run them off. Rather than fleeing, they asserted their rights, as they would do many times, in court. Here is a story that not only demonstrates the contours of slavery in New England but also unravels the most complete history of a pre-Civil War black family known to exist. Illuminating and inspiring, Mr. and Mrs. Prince uncovers the lives of those who could have been forgotten and brings to light a history that has intrigued but eluded many until now
A life of Dora Carrington : 1893-1932 by Gretchen Gerzina ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Gerzina, Gretchen 1950-
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