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Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters

Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters (Hardback)

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This is the first major collection of letters by the Revolutionary-era woman writer. This volume gathers more than one hundred letters - most of them previously unpublished - written by Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814). Warren, whose works include a three-volume history of the American Revolution as well as plays and poems, was a major literary figure of her era and one of the most important American women writers of the eighteenth century. Her correspondents included Martha and George Washington, Abigail and John Adams, and Catharine Macaulay.Until now, Warren's letters have been published sporadically, in small numbers, and mainly to help complete the collected correspondence of some of the famous men to whom she wrote. This volume addresses that imbalance by focusing on Warren's letters to her family members and other women. As they flesh out our view of Warren and correct some misconceptions about her, the letters offer a wealth of insights into eighteenth-century American culture, including social customs, women's concerns, political and economic conditions, medical issues, and attitudes on child rearing.This title features letters that Warren sent to other women who had lost family members (Warren herself lost three children) reveal her sympathies; and, letters to a favorite son, Winslow, that show her sharing her ambitions with a child who resisted her advice.

What readers of other Warren letters may have only sensed about her is now revealed more fully: she was a woman of considerable intellect, religious faith, compassion, literary intelligence, and acute sensitivity to the historical moment of even everyday events in the new American republic.

BiographyDiaries, letters & journalsEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: University of Georgia Press Publication Date: 15/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9780820326801  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jeffrey H. Richards is a professor of English at Old Dominion University and author of a literary biography of Mercy Otis Warren among other books. Sharon M. Harris is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. The author or editor of numerous books, she is founder of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

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