Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Publication covering women and literature.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, June

Adulterous Individualism, Socialism, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Anti-Suffrage Writing
In an 1872 anti-suffrage essay for the Overland Monthly entitled "Woman Suffrage--Cui Bono?" (who benefits?), Mrs. Sarah Cooper, like other anti-suffrage writers of the period, contends that only women of the worst sort would deign to vote, making...
"I Consoled My Heart": Conversion Rhetoric and Female Subjectivity in the Personal Narratives of Elizabeth Ashbridge and Abigail Bailey
When they touched their hearts, they touched their deepest faith. If they could deceive others with their tongues, they could never deceive themselves in their hearts.... Only there could self examination be effective. Only there could God's will be...
In the Apostle's Words: Elizabeth Ashbridge's Epistle to the Goshen Monthly Meeting
In his meticulous introduction to Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge, Daniel Shea observes, "Almost everything we know about Elizabeth Ashbridge is derived from her autobiography" (121). The scholarly attention devoted...
Legacy Bookshelf
Below is a selected sampling of current books, articles, and dissertations relevant to the study of American women writers from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. Prices unless otherwise indicated are for hardcover editions. ...
Newly Recovered Works by Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton): A Prospectus and Checklist
The half-Chinese, half-English, Canadian-born Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954), writing under the pseudonym of Onoto Watanna, was the first person of Asian descent to publish a novel in the United States (Miss Nume of Japan, 1898). Perhaps more significant,...
Sentiment and Space in Lydia Maria Child's Native American Writings, 1824-1870
In her 1824 children's book, Evenings in New England, Lydia Maria Child (then Lydia Maria Francis and writing as "An American Lady") includes the dialogue "Personification" in which Aunt Maria helps her nephew Robert interpret a personification of...
Withdrawing from the Nation: Regionalist Literature as Ascetic Practice in Jewett's the Country of the Pointed Firs
Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs is punctuated by a pattern of withdrawals during which the narrator repeatedly retreats to the fringes of community. Rather than expressing a harmonious consolidation of community, Jewett's text focuses...