quite possibly this is due to her conservative views, not only about labor, race, and women's issues but also about art. At an Authors' Congress session at the Columbian Exposition in 1893, when Hamlin Garland presented his theories about "veritism" and argued that local color fiction should be more realistic, French steadfastly defended the need to lighten such portrayals of midwestern and Southern life. French's distaste for gritty realism (and later, literary modemism), along with her anti-Union, anti-women's suffrage, anti-DuBoisian attitudes, clearly has not tended to make her an author favored by modern critics.
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Knitters in the Sun. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1887.
The Best Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montague. Edited by Octave Thanet. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1890.
Expiation. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890.
Otto the Knight and Other Trans-Mississippi Stories. New York: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1891.
We All. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1891.
An Adventure in Photography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893.
Stories of a Western Town. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893.
A Book of True Lovers. Chicago: Way and Williams, 1897.
The Missionary Sheriff. Being Incidents in the Life of a Plain Man Who Tried to Do His Duty. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.
The Heart of Toil. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898.
A Slave to Duty and Other Women. New York: Herbert S. Stone, 1898.
The Captured Dream and Other Stories. New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1899.
The Man of the Hour. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1905.