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Private woman, public stage : literary domesticity in nineteenth-century America

Author: Mary Kelley
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the decades spanning the nineteenth century, thousands of women entered the literary marketplace. Twelve of the century's most successful women writers provide the focus for Mary Kelley's landmark study: Maria Cummins, Caroline Howard Gilman, Caroline Lee Hentz, Mary Jane Holmes, Maria McIntosh, Sara Parton, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Virginia Terhune, Susan  Read more...
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Kelley, Mary, 1943-
Private woman, public stage.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1984
(OCoLC)562936302
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Kelley
ISBN: 0195033515 9780195033519 019503581X 9780195035810
OCLC Number: 9853744
Description: xx, 409 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Peculiar circumstances: 1. The Fanny Fern. 2. Fame never was. 3. The season of instruction. 4. Rights of the mind, duties to the sphere --
pt. II. The notice of the world: 5. Secret writers. 6. No happy woman writes. 7. Buying my time. 8. A man's clothing --
pt. III. Warfare within: 9. The crisis of domesticity : a crisis of being. 10. The great question of moral life. 11. Preachers of the fictional page. 12. A right regard for womanhood : a word or two on all sides.
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"In the decades spanning the nineteenth century, thousands of women entered the literary marketplace. Twelve of the century's most successful women writers provide the focus for Mary Kelley's landmark study: Maria Cummins, Caroline Howard Gilman, Caroline Lee Hentz, Mary Jane Holmes, Maria McIntosh, Sara Parton, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Virginia Terhune, Susan Warner, and Augusta Evans Wilson. These women shared more than commercial success. Collectively they created fictions that Kelley terms "literary domesticity," books that both embraced and called into question the complicated expectations shaping the lives of so many nineteenth-century women. Matured in a culture of domesticity and dismissed by a male writing establishment, they struggled to reconcile public recognition with the traditional roles of wife and mother. Drawing on the 200 volumes of published prose and on the letters, diaries, and journals of these writers, Kelley explores the tensions that accompanied their unprecedented literary success."--Google Books (re: new edition).

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