Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives

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Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Victoria Clements
UPNE, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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One of the nation's first woman writers, literary pioneer Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867) is ranked with Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and William Cullen Bryant as a founder of American literature. In a career that spanned four decades before the Civil War, Sedgwick published six novels, including Hope Leslie and A New-England Tale, and over one hundred short stories and sketches, as well as domestic novellas, travelogues, and books for children.

Now the full breadth and complexity of Sedgwick's extensive oeuvre is examined for the first time in this groundbreaking volume, which pairs nineteenth-century reviews of her writings with new critical essays on her works. The collection illuminates Sedgwick's skillful use of rhetoric, her feminism, her realism, her reform activities, as well as her central role in shaping the nation's literature.
 

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Contents

Excerpts from Biographical Sketches
17
Excerpts from Reviews of A NewEngland Tale or Sketches
37
A Tale
53
Excerpts from Reviews of Hope Leslie or Early Times in the Massachusetts
75
Excerpts from Reviews of Clarence or A Tale of Our Own Times
101
Excerpt from Sedgwicks Unfinished Antislavery Manuscript
119
Excerpts from Reviews of The Linwoods or Sixty Years Since
141
Excerpts from Reviews of Tales and Sketches
155
Excerpts from Reviews of Means and Ends or SelfTraining
189
Excerpts from Reviews of Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home
209
Letters and a Sketch of Sedgwicks Prison Work
231
Excerpts from Reviews of Married or Single?
249
Excerpts from Reviews Addressing Sedgwicks Politics
269
Rediscovery
286
Notes on Contributors
315
Copyright

Excerpts from Reviews of Home The Poor Rich Man and the Rich Poor
171

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Lucinda Damon-Bach is Assistant Professor of English at Salem State College. Victoria Clements is Professor of English at the College of Southern Maryland.

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