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Well-read lives : how books inspired a generation of American women

Author: Barbara Sicherman
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a compelling approach structured as theme and variations, the author offers insightful profiles of a number of accomplished women born in America's Gilded Age who lost and found themselves in books, and worked out a new life purpose around them. Some women, like Edith and Alice Hamilton, M. Carey Thomas, and Jane Addams, grew up in households filled with books, while less privileged women found alternative routes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Sicherman
ISBN: 9780807833087 0807833088 9780807839096 0807839094
OCLC Number: 441211773
Description: 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Reading Little women --
Women and the new cultural landscape of the Gilded Age --
Young women's ways of reading --
(Reading as) a family affair : the Hamiltons of Fort Wayne --
Reading and ambition : M. Carey Thomas and female heroism --
Working her way through culture : Jane Addams and literature's dual legacy --
Hull-House as a cultural space --
New books, new lives : Jewish immigrant women, reading, and identity --
With pen and voice : Ida B. Wells, race, literature, and politics.
Responsibility: Barbara Sicherman.

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