standards (Irish Voice, p. 140). Most twentieth-century critics also dismiss Sadlier as overly sentimental and didactic, only useful for sociological and historical insights. However, critic Liz Szabo disagrees in part: she sees Sadlier’s works as quite complex and not at all sentimental. To her, the novels negatively depict the process of assimilation for most Irish Catholic immigrants.
Works by Mary Anne Sadlier
Willy Burke; or, The Irish Orphan in America. Boston: Donahoe, 1850.
New Lights; or, Life in Galway, A Tale. New York: Sadlier, 1853.
The Blakes and the Flanagans: A Tale Illustrative of Irish Life in the United States. Dublin: Duffy, 1855; New York: P. J. Kennedy, 1855.
Elinor Preston; or, Scenes at Home and Abroad. New York: Sadlier, 1861.
Bessy Conway; or, The Irish Girl in America. New York: Sadlier, 1862.
Confessions of an Apostate; or, Leaves from a Troubled Life. New York: Sadlier, 1864.
Con O’Regan; or, Emigrant Life in the New World. New York: Sadlier, 1864.
Works about Mary Anne Sadlier
Diner, Hasia R. Erin’s Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.
Fanning, Charles, ed. The Exiles of Erin: Nineteenth-Century Irish-American Fiction. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1987. Second ed. Chester Springs, Pennsylvania: Dufour Editions, Inc., 1997.
——. The Irish Voice in America: Irish-American Fiction from the 1760s to the 1980s. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990.
Lacombe, Michèle. “Frying Pans and Deadlier Weapons: The Immigrant Novels of Mary Anne Sadlier.” Essays on Canadian Writing 29 (Summer 1984): 96–116.
McDannell, Colleen. The Christian Home in Victorian America, 1840–1900. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.
——. “‘The Devil Was the First Protestant’: Gender and Intolerance in Catholic Fiction.” U. S. Catholic Historian 8 (1989): 51–65.
Szabo, Liz. “‘My Heart Bleeds to Tell It’: Women, Domesticity and the American Ideal in Mary Anne Sadlier’s ‘Romance of Irish Immigration.’” Religions of the United States in Practice. Ed. Colleen McDannell. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, forthcoming.