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From the Publisher"A prodigious work of scholarship."
— American Historical Review
"Cogently argued and beautifully written. . . .Blood & Irony is an important book that will undoubtedly stimulate much debate in the years to come."
— Georgia Historical Quarterly
A welcome addition to a new body of scholarship.
Civil War Book Review
"Gardner accomplishes her task with remarkable sensitivity, examining the complexities of women's writings without losing sight of their reactionary tendencies.
Laura F. Edwards, The North Carolina Historical Review"
A welcome addition to the growing scholarship on women and the creation of historical memory.
Civil War History
A very readable account of the Southern female writers who for decades after the Civil War entertained American readers.
An impressively researched and thoroughly contextualized argument. . . . Highly recommended.