Download e-book for kindle: The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard by Jennifer Putzi,Elizabeth Stockton

By Jennifer Putzi,Elizabeth Stockton

ISBN-10: 160938122X

ISBN-13: 9781609381226

In reaction to the resurgence of curiosity in American novelist, poet, short-story author, and newspaper correspondent Elizabeth Stoddard (1823–1902), whose best-known paintings is The Morgesons (1862), Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton spent years finding, analyzing, and sorting via greater than seven-hundred letters scattered throughout eighteen diversified data, ultimately picking eighty-four letters to annotate and comprise during this assortment. by means of featuring entire, annotated transcripts, The chosen Letters presents a desirable creation to this compelling author, whereas even as complicating prior representations of her as both a literary handmaiden to her at-the-time extra recognized husband, the poet Richard Henry Stoddard, or worse, because the “Pythoness” whose tough character made her a fickle and unreasonable friend.

 

The Stoddards belonged to New York's brilliant, close-knit literary and creative circles. between their correspondents have been either relations and buddies together with writers and editors corresponding to Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr, Rufus Griswold, James Russell Lowell, Caroline Healey Dall, Julian Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, Helen Hunt Jackson, Edmund Clarence Stedman, and Margaret Sweat.

 

An cutting edge and precise author, Stoddard eschewed the preferred sentimentality of her time even whereas exploring the emotional territory of family members among the sexes. Her writing—in either her released fiction and her own letters—is unusually glossy and psychologically dense. The letters are hugely readable, vigorous, and revealing, even to readers who comprehend little of her literary output or her life.

 

As students of epistolarity have lately argued, letters offer greater than only a biographical narrative; in addition they might be understood as aesthetic performances themselves. The correspondence offers a feeling of Stoddard as a person who understood letter writing as a different and significant literary style, making this assortment really well matched for brand spanking new conceptualizations of the epistolary genre. 

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