Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Intimate Friendships of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton: First Native-Born American Saint (1774-1821

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Intimate Friendships of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton: First Native-Born American Saint (1774-1821

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Celeste, Sister Marie, S.C. The Intimate Friendsbips of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton: First Native-Born American Saint (1774-1821). (lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 2000. Pp. xii, 212. Paperback.)

Women's friendships are being looked at with increasing interest as a way of gaining a greater understanding of their lives. Historically, women's writings tend to be preserved, not in treatises and lengthy academic pieces, but in soul-- revealing letters. In the case of Elizabeth Seton, hundreds of her letters have been preserved which provide a window on her personality, her spirituality, and her life experience. She was a woman with an extraordinary capacity for friendship, and this volume provides an introduction to some of the cast of characters who were an important part of her life.

Sister Marie Celeste's book, a reissue of a 1989 Alba House publication, contains chapters on Elizabeth Seton's relationships with her father, her husband, two sisters-in-law, three women friends from her New York period, and two men who were strong influences in her life. …

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