By Elizabeth Stuart Phelps,Elizabeth Duquette,Cheryl Tevlin
The well-educated daughter of a minister, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844–1911) used to be brought to writing at a tender age, as either her parents have been released writers. In 1868 she released her first significant novel, The Gates Ajar. a world luck, the unconventional bought greater than 600 thousand copies, making it one of many best-selling American works of the 19th century. in the course of the subsequent 4 many years Phelps released thousands of essays, stories, and poems, which seemed in each significant American periodical, whereas additionally writing novels, together with Beyond the Gates (1883) and The Gates Between (1887).
Phelps’s legacy as a major American author, even though, has been damage via the seeming contradictions among her existence and paintings. for instance, she was once an ardent recommend for women’s rights either inside and out marriage, yet her tales appear to glorify one of these severe self-sacrifice linked to the main conservative family ideology. during this assortment, the editors search to revive Phelps’s acceptance by way of bringing jointly a various assortment from the total physique of her life of paintings. From arguments for suffrage to harrowing stories of Reconstruction, those essays, besides brief fiction and poetry, offer a brand new point of view on a huge American author from the later 19th century.
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