Mary Wilkins Freeman

Freeman, Mary Eleanor Wilkins

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, 1852–1930, American author, b. Randolph, Mass. Her stories and novels paint a picture of Massachusetts and Vermont still under the influence of Puritanism, in her view, a philosophy made rigid by time. Her short story collections include A Humble Romance and Other Stories (1887) and A New England Nun and Other Stories (1891). Her novels, published under her maiden name, Mary E. Wilkins, include Jane Field (1892) and Pembroke (1894).

See her letters, ed. B. L. Kendrick (1985); biography by E. Foster (1956); study by P. D. Westbrook (1968, rev. ed. 1988).

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Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Edward Foster.
Hendricks House, 1956
A Mary Wilkins Freeman Reader
Mary R. Reichardt; Mary Wilkins Freeman.
University of Nebraska Press, 1997
"I Never Saw Anything at Once So Pathetic and Funny": Humor in the Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman
Camfield, Gregg.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 13, No. 3, September 1999
Redefining Place: Femes Covert in the Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman
Daniel, Janice.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 1996
Crossing the Double-Cross: The Practice of Feminist Criticism
Elizabeth A. Meese.
University of North Carolina Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Signs of Undecidability: Reconsidering the Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman"
The No-Man's-Land of "A New England Nun"
Couch, Ben.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 1998
Giles Corey and the Pressing Past
Anderson, Donald R.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2000
Must Age Equal Failure?: Sociology Looks at Mary Wilkins Freeman's Old Women
Turkes, Doris J.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 13, No. 3, September 1999
The Shadow Narrative in Mary Wilkins Freeman's "Silence"
Scheick, William J.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 13, No. 3, September 1999
"It's Your Father's Way": The Father-Daughter Narrative and Female Development in Mary Wilkins Freeman's 'Pembroke.'
Thomas, Heather Kirk.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 1997
Necessary Madness: The Humor of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Gregg Camfield.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Mary Wilkins Freeman: Inherit the Will" begins on p. 135
Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930
Martha J. Cutter.
University Press of Mississippi, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "From the Law of the Father to the Law of the Feminine: Mary Wilkins Freeman's and Anna Julia Cooper's Revisionary Voices"
Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition
John L. Idol Jr.; Melinda M. Ponder.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "The Unfortunate Fall: Women and Genteel Poverty in the Fiction of Hawthorne and Freeman" begins on p. 191
The Current State of Freeman Bibliographical and Textual Studies
Johanningsmeier, Charles.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 13, No. 3, September 1999
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Denise D. Knight.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930)" begins on p. 139
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