Ramona was an instant success. First serialized in the Christian Union, Ramona was printed in book form the same year of 1884, selling 15,000 copies. To Jackson's disappointment, critics overwhelmingly praised the novel as a romance rather than as a deliberation on the plight of Native Americans. The Critic reviewed it as "one of the most tender and touching [love stories] we have read for a considerable period," and another reviewer described it as "a prose Evangeline" ( Shinn323). A few critics, such as H. E. Scudder for the Atlantic Monthly, found "the wrongs sink deeper into the mind than if they had been the subject of the most eloquent diatribe" (130). However, another reviewer criticized the novel as "no burning appeal, no crushing arraignment, no such book as Uncle Tom's Cabin" ( Overland Monthly 5, 330). Beyond its critical acclaim, Ramona spawned a body of literature about the heroine and California.
After Jackson's death, publishers rushed to print her unpublished works as well as new collections of her writings.
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