Sarah Josepha Hale

Hale, Sarah Josepha (Buell)

Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale, 1788–1879, American author, editor, and feminist, b. near Newport, N.H. In 1828 she became editor of the Ladies' Magazine, Boston, and in 1837 of Godey's Lady's Book, Philadelphia, where she remained over 40 years. The illustrated Lady's Book strongly influenced fashions and manners of her day. Mrs. Hale cultivated female authors and constantly urged the higher education of women. She also advocated a national Thanksgiving holiday. Her poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was published in her Poems for Our Children (1830).

See O. W. Burt, First Woman Editor (1960).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Sarah Josepha Hale: Selected full-text books and articles

The Lady of Godey's, Sarah Josepha Hale By Ruth E. Finley J. B. Lippincott, 1931
The Moment of Decision: Biographical Essays on American Character and Regional Identity By Randall M. Miller; John R. McKivigan; Jon L. Wakelyn Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "A True Woman's Duty 'To Do Good': Sarah Josepha Hale and Benevolence in Antebellum America"
Great Women of the Press By Madelon Golden Schilpp; Sharon M. Murphy Southern Illinois University Press, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Sarah Josepha Hale First Women's Magazine Editor (1788-1879)"
Oratorical Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Transformations in the Theory and Practice of Rhetoric By Gregory Clark; S. Michael Halloran Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Rhetorical Power in the Victorian Parlor: Godey's Lady's Book and the Gendering of Nineteenth-Century Rhetoric"
Forgotten Ladies: Nine Portraits from the American Family Album By Richardson Wright J.B. Lippincott Company, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "The Madonna in Bustles: For Forty-Seven Years Sarah Josepha Hale Edits Godey's Lady's Book and Guides the Morals and Female Styles of Genteel America"
Women's Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines By Kathleen L. Endres; Therese L. Lueck Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Godey's Lady's Book" begins on p. 113
The Decline of Thrift in America: Our Cultural Shift from Saving to Spending By David M. Tucker Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Sara Josepha Hale begins on p. 25
Women in Communication: A Biographical Sourcebook By Nancy D. Signorielli Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788-1879)" begins on p. 188
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By Denise D. Knight Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879)" begins on p. 194
Women during the Civil War: An Encyclopedia By Judith E. Harper Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Hale, Sarah Josepha (1788-1879)" begins on p. 183
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