Frances Newman: Southern Satirist and Literary Rebel [NOOK Book]

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This first biographical and literary assessment of Frances Newman highlights one of the most experimental writers of the Southern Renaissance.



Novelist, translator, critic, and acerbic book reviewer Frances Newman (1883-1928) was praised by Virginia novelist James Branch Cabell and critic H. L. Mencken. Her experimental novels The Hard-Boiled Virgin (1926) and Dead Lovers Are Faithful Lovers (1928), have ...

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Frances Newman: Southern Satirist and Literary Rebel

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Overview

This first biographical and literary assessment of Frances Newman highlights one of the most experimental writers of the Southern Renaissance.



Novelist, translator, critic, and acerbic book reviewer Frances Newman (1883-1928) was praised by Virginia novelist James Branch Cabell and critic H. L. Mencken. Her experimental novels The Hard-Boiled Virgin (1926) and Dead Lovers Are Faithful Lovers (1928), have recently begun to receive serious critical attention, but this is the first book-length study to focus both on Newman's life and on her fiction.



Frances Newman was born into a prominent Atlanta family and was educated at private schools in the South and the Northeast. Her first novel, The Hard-Boiled Virgin, was hailed by James Branch Cabell as "the most brilliant, the most candid, the most civilized, and the most profound yet written by any American woman." Cabell and H. L. Mencken became Newman's literary mentors and loyally supported her satire of southern culture, which revealed the racism, class prejudice, and religious intolerance that reinforced the idealized image of the white southern lady. Writing within a nearly forgotten feminist tradition of southern women's fiction, Newman portrayed the widely acclaimed social change in the early part of the century in the South as superficial rather than substantial, with its continued restrictive roles for women in courtship and marriage and limited educational and career opportunities.



Barbara Wade explores Newman's place in the feminist literary tradition by comparing her novels with those of her contemporaries Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston, and Isa Glenn. Wade draws from Newman's personal correspondence and newspaper articles to reveal a vibrant, independent woman who simultaneously defied and was influenced by the traditional southern society she satirized in her writing.




 
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Draws on US novelist Newman's (1883-1928) newspaper articles and personal correspondence to construct a portrait of her private life and literary career. Finds that she was an avant-garde stylist who considered the social change in the South during the early part the century to be superficial rather than substantial. Also places her in feminist traditions and compares her techniques to those of contemporary British women writers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“Wade’s compact and deftly written account draws on social and women’s history, literary criticism and theory, and literary history to dispel persisting misconceptions about Newman and her critique of New South gender roles.”—Journal of Southern History

“Barbara Ann Wade has served well both her subject, Frances Newman, and those readers who will enjoy encountering a witty, talented, rebellious bordering on reckless novelist whose life and works time has submerged. . . . One finishes her book eager to read Newman’s novels.”— North Carolina Historical Review

“[Wade’s book has] a good deal to offer in the ongoing task of excavating women’s traditions in southern writing.”—Southern Literary Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817386610
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 935 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Ann Wade is Associate Professor of English and Theatre at Berea College.

 

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Table of Contents





Preface


Acknowledgments



Living as a Southern Lady and Literary Rebel



Demythologizing the Southern Lady



Questioning Social Change



Revising Literary Conventions



Experimenting with Novelistic Devices


Notes


Works Cited


Index

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