Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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tention. An 1872 article in The Nation casts her as one of the three "most eagerly sought" (335) writers in a suburban Boston library, along with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott, with We Girls as a particular favorite. Faith Gartney's Girlhood was a national best-seller in 1863, selling upwards of 300,000 copies ( Mott309).

The popular press is mainly laudatory of Whitney's works, finding virtue in her female characters' demure qualities, which, perhaps, are the aspects of her novels most troubling to twentieth-century readers (especially feminists). The New York Times in 1896 praises the entire corpus of Whitney's novels for girls, comparing her work to those writers better known to us today: "Her books were as dear [to her readers] as Miss Edgeworth and Miss Sedgwick were to her-- nay dearer, for they are full of the rich spiritual life. . . . We can imagine no better friends for girls than her Faiths, Says, Leslies, Barbaras. . . . We are at times distinctly conscious of a lack of fineness of fibre in Miss Alcott's girls, never in Miss Whitney's. . . . Miss Whitney's [characters] charm us by that sensitive withdrawal, that modest withholding we should like to see in our own girls" ( "Mrs. Whitney's Letters"3). Whitney, however, does suffer under the critical eye of Henry James, who reviewed The Gayworthys for the North American Review, criticizing Whitney's use of a young female character as a "degradation of sentiment." However, even James found in Whitney "much that is admirable and much that is powerful" (621-622).


WORKS CITED

"The Experience of a Public Library." The Nation 14 ( May 23, 1872): 334-335.

Field, Elinor Whitney. "The Neighborhood Stories of Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney." The Horn Book 29, no. 3 ( June 1953): 175-189.

Habegger, Alfred. Gender, Fantasy, and Realism in American Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.

Halsey, Francis Whiting. "Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney." In Women Authors of Our Day in Their Homes. New York: James Pott, 1903.

James, Henry. Review of The Gayworthys. North American Review, no. 109 ( October 1865): 619-622.

Mott, Frank Luther. Golden Multitudes: The Story of Best Sellers in the United States. New York: Macmillan, 1947.

"Mrs. Whitney's Letters to Girls." The New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art, 19 December 1896, 2-3.

"New Novels: Works by Marion Crawford, Mrs. Crockett, Blanche Willis Howard, Mrs. Whitney, and Margaret Sherwood." The New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art, November 4, 1899, 740-741.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Works by A. D. T. Whitney

Footsteps on the Seas: A Poem. Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Co., 1857.

Mother Goose for Grown Folks. New York: Rudd and Carleton, 1860.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) 1
  • Bibliography 9
  • Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta (1815-1891) 11
  • Bibliography 14
  • Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) (1794-1845) 15
  • Bibliography 18
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) 19
  • Bibliography 23
  • Alice Cary (1820-1871) 26
  • Bibliography 31
  • Phoebe Cary (1824-1871) 32
  • Bibliography 34
  • Caroline Chesebro' (Caroline Chesebrough) (1825-1873) 36
  • Works Cited 39
  • Bibliography 40
  • Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880) 42
  • Bibliography 47
  • Kate Chopin (1850-1904) 50
  • Works Cited 58
  • Bibliography 59
  • Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (Dame Shirley) (1819-1906) 61
  • Bibliography 64
  • Rose Terry Cooke (1827-1892) 66
  • Bibliography 71
  • Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841-1928) 73
  • Bibliography 76
  • Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) 77
  • Bibliography 79
  • Maria Susanna Cummins (1827-1866) 81
  • Bibliography 87
  • Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) 88
  • Works Cited 95
  • Bibliography 96
  • Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) 99
  • Works Cited 108
  • Bibliography 108
  • Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar- Nelson (1875-1935) 111
  • Works Cited 116
  • Bibliography 116
  • Emma Embury (1806-1863) 118
  • Works Cited 120
  • Bibliography 121
  • Fanny Fern (sara Payson Willis Parton) (1811-1872) 123
  • Bibliography 128
  • Kate Field (1838-1896) 131
  • Bibliography 134
  • Martha Finley (Martha Farquharson) (1828-1909) 135
  • Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930) 139
  • Works Cited 146
  • Bibliography 147
  • Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) 150
  • Bibliography 158
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) 160
  • Bibliography 166
  • Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) 168
  • Works Cited 170
  • Bibliography 170
  • Sarah Pratt Mclean Greene (1856-1935) 173
  • Bibliography 178
  • Grace Greenwood (sara Jane Clarke Lippincott) (1823-1904) 180
  • Bibliography 184
  • Angelina Grimké - (1805-1879) 186
  • Bibliography 188
  • Sarah GrimkÉ (1792-1873) 190
  • Works Cited 192
  • Bibliography 193
  • Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) 194
  • Bibliography 197
  • Gail Hamilton (Mary Abigail Dodge) (1833-1896) 199
  • Bibliography 204
  • Marion Harland (Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune) (1830-1922) 206
  • Selected Bibliography 211
  • Fances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) 213
  • Bibliography 218
  • Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz (1800-1856) 220
  • Bibliography 222
  • Marietta Holley (Josiah Allen's Wife) (1836-1926) 224
  • Bibliography 229
  • Mary Jane Hawes Holmes (1825-1907) 231
  • Bibliography 234
  • Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930) 236
  • Bibliography 238
  • Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1891) 241
  • Works Cited 245
  • Bibliography 245
  • Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) 247
  • Bibliography 252
  • Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) 253
  • Works Cited 259
  • Bibliography 259
  • Harriet A. Jacobs (Linda Brent) (C. 1813-1897) 262
  • Bibliography 269
  • Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) 270
  • Bibliography 278
  • Grace Elizabeth King (1852-1932) 281
  • Bibliography 284
  • Caroline Kirkland (1801-1864) 286
  • Bibliography 291
  • Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) 293
  • Bibliography 295
  • Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (Mother Mary Alphonsa) (1851-1926) 297
  • Bibliography 299
  • Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) 301
  • Bibliography 303
  • Maria Jane Mcintosh (1803-1878) 305
  • Works Cited 307
  • Bibliography 308
  • Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868) 310
  • Bibliography 313
  • Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt (Ritchie) - (1819-1870) 314
  • Bibliography 317
  • Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock) - (1850-1922) 318
  • Work Cited 322
  • Bibliography 322
  • Elizabeth Oakes Smith - (1806-1893) 324
  • Bibliography 328
  • Frances Sargent Locke Osgood - (1811-1850) 331
  • Bibliography 334
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1815-1852) 336
  • Bibliography 341
  • Henrietta Cordelia Ray (1849?-1916) 343
  • Works Cited 345
  • Bibliography 345
  • Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935) 347
  • Bibliography 349
  • Atharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) 351
  • Bibliography 359
  • Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) 361
  • Work Cited 366
  • Bibliography 366
  • E. D. E. N. Southworth (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth) (1819-1899) 368
  • Bibliography 373
  • Harriet Prescott Spofford (1835-1921) 377
  • Bibliography 383
  • Ann Sophia Stephens (1810-1886) 386
  • Bibliography 389
  • Maria Stewart (1803-1879) 392
  • Bibliography 396
  • Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard - (1823-1902) 397
  • Bibliography 403
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) 406
  • Works Cited 411
  • Bibliography 412
  • Ruth Mcenery Stuart (1849-1917) 414
  • Bibliography 418
  • Octave Thanet (Alice French) (1850-1934) 420
  • Bibliography 424
  • Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894) 426
  • Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (1831-1885) 433
  • Works Cited 434
  • Bibliography 435
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (1844-1911) 438
  • Bibliography 448
  • Susan Warner (1819-1885) 452
  • Bibliography 460
  • Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher (1814-1852) 463
  • Bibliography 467
  • Sarah Helen Whitman (1803-1878) 468
  • Bibliography 472
  • A. D. T. Whitney (Adeline Dutton Train Whitney) (1824-1906) 474
  • Bibliography 477
  • Augusta Jane Evans Wilson (1835-1909) 479
  • Bibliography 483
  • Harriet E. Wilson (1827?-1863) 484
  • Works Cited 488
  • Bibliography 489
  • Sally S. Wood (1759-1855) 490
  • Bibliography 494
  • Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894) 495
  • Bibliography 502
  • Bibliography 505
  • Index 511
  • About the Editor and Contributors 527
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