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Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-century America Hardcover – Apr 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195033515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195033519
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,487,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Enriches our understanding of women's history and of American social and intellectual history. Kelley brilliantly integrates recent historical scholarship on a multitude of subjects."--The Women's Review of Books

"Fascinating....Provocative and challenging."--Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, The New York Times Book Review

"Kelley transforms our understanding of American women and of American literature in the nineteenth century....A major contribution."--Linda Kerber, University of Iowa

"A long overdue reassessment of the neglected and misunderstood 'literary domestics.'"--Journal of American History

"An ambitious, comprehensive, widely researched, and well-documented book on the phenomenon of the popular female fiction writer in mid-nineteenth-century America."--American Quarterly

"The most ambitious study of these writers to date."--American Historical Review

"A sensitive, insightful, well-researched book, and an important contribution to both women's studies and American literary history."--American Studies

"A stunning achievement....This book will immediately put Mary Kelley among the best historians of women in this country."--Carl N. Degler, Stanford University

"Beautifully written...exhibiting a wide frame of reference...[Her] book not only stimulates but also makes a complex subject both easy and delightful to assimilate."--Saturday Review

"The beauty of Private Woman, Public Stage is its artful merging of U.S. history, women's history, and literature. The book makes an important contribution to the continuing development of women's history."--Choice

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About the Author

Mary Kelley is a Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Previously, she was the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College. Among her most recent books are "The Portable Margaret Fuller" and "The Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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