Lady's Choice: Ethel Waxham's Journals & Letters, 1905-1910

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UNM Press, 1996 - Education - 394 pages

When John McPhee discovered these journals he found that Ethel Waxham wrote "with such wit, insight, grace, irony, compassion, sarcasm, stylistic elegance, and embracing humor that I could not resist her." Waxham was a Wellesley graduate who decided in 1905 to accept a teaching job at a one-room school in Wyoming. Viewers of the the PBS series "The West," in which this material was used, will enjoy this intimate look at her five-year courtship by John Love and her attempts, as well as those of her college-educated friends, to pursue higher education and a career.


"These letters are among the treasures of American history, bringing to life an adventurous, quick witted woman and the laconic but determined man who wooed and won her. Together, the Loves redefine our understanding of the American Dream and what it took to win the West."--Geoffrey C. Ward and Dayton Duncan, coauthors,The West(PBS).

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1905
13
1905
51
My Garden of Wishes
114
1907
173
1908
199
Night Within Doors
238
Aspen Leaves
245
Twilight
301
1909
315
Unsuccessful
319
1910
329
Epilogue
363
Notes
369
Bibliography
379
Copyright

1909
273

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