Peter Carradine met with praise everywhere. The Harper's reviewer considered it the "best American novel . . . written for years" and thought "no female writer in America, and not more than three in Great Britain" equal to Chesebro' in "the power of unfolding character" ( 27, 850).
When The Foe in the Household came out in book form, the reviewer for The Atlantic Monthly ranked it "with the very best of American fictions, . . . surpassed only by Hawthorne's romances and Mrs. Stowe's greatest work" ( 28, 126). Harper's critic agreed, writing that it "barely falls short of the first rank, at least of American novels" ( 43, 623).
In A Manual of American Literature, published in the year of her death, John S. Hart, summarizing Chesebro's twenty-year career, describes her as "rising steadily in favor." Her works, he continues, "show care and elaboration, and the improvement perceptible in the later volumes is at once evidence and fruit of honest, painstaking workmanship" (502). In 1907, reviewing his years as Atlantic Monthly editor, William Dean Howells placed Chesebro' among "favorites" whose excellence he recalled ( 100, 594). Despite these accolades, at the end of the twentieth century, Chesebro' is scarcely known; her works are out of print.
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Anonymous. Review of The Children of Light. Putnam's Monthly Magazine 1 ( January 1853): 106.
Anonymous. Review of Dream-Land by Daylight. Harper's New Monthly Magazine 4 ( January 1852): 274-275.
Anonymous. Review of Dream-Land by Daylight. Sartain's Magazine of Literature and Art 10 ( February 1852): 196-197.
Anonymous. Review of The Foe in the Household. The Atlantic Monthly 28 ( July 1871): 126.
Anonymous. Review of The Foe in the Household. Harper's New Monthly Magazine 43 ( September 1871): 623.
Anonymous. Review of Isa, a Pilgrimage. The Southern Messenger 18 ( May 1852): 318-319.
Anonymous. Review of Peter Carradine. Harper's New Monthly Magazine 27 ( November 1863): 850.
Anonymous. Review of Victoria. Harper's New Monthly Magazine 13 ( October 1856): 696.
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