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In 1750 at the age of twenty-seven Sarah Scott published her first novel, a conventional romance. A year later she left her husband after only a few months of marriage and devoted herself thereafter to writing and to promoting such causes as the creation of secular and separatist female communities. This revolutionary concept was given flesh in Millenium Hall, first published in 1762 and generally thought to be the finest of her six novels.
The text may be seen as the manifesto of the 'bluestocking' movement—the protean feminism that arose under eighteenth-century gentry capitalism (originating in 1750, largely under the impetus of Scott's sister Elizabeth Montagu), and that rejected a world which early feminists saw symbolized in the black silk stockings demanded by formal society. It is a comment on Western society as well as on the strengths of Scott's novel that the message of Millenium Hall continues to resonate strongly more than two centuries later.
Sarah Scott: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
A Description of Millenium Hall
From The History of Sir George Ellison
Posted May 9, 2008
This book is spectacular! I thought that it was going to be a slow read, but it was actually great! The lives of the women who have joined a utopian community in the mid-17th century are fascinating! Some of the stories are predictable, but they still didn't let me down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in 17th, 18th, and 19th century English literature. It's a blast!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.