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Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life; Volume 2: 1848-1871.


Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life; Volume 2: 1848-1871

Patricia Dunlavy Valenti

University of Missouri Press


345 pages




This is the second volume of a two-volume work; the first volume was published previously. It is a biography of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. The author's claim is that, though she has been overshadowed by the career of her husband, writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, her own career is an important one in early American letters. She was one of the first painters in the United States to earn a living from her craft, though her husband ended her career. A craver of closeness in a Puritan setting, she became intimate with both women and men who included influential figures in the literary and cultural scene, as well as inspiring a number of Hawthorne's stories. Impoverished and socially marginalized by his death, her strategies inspired the tradition of publication of personal writing, legitimized biographical criticism of his fiction, and encouraged scholarly study of Hawthorne's life. Toward the end of her life, she became both an early American woman writer and international traveler. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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