Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyBoyce and Hapgood met in 1898, when both were living in New York City's Greenwich Village and working at a newspaper edited by Lincoln Steffens. They married the following year and continued to write: pk Boyce published novels and stories while Hapgood produced newspaper essays that were collected into books. Throughout their 45-year marriage, during which they had four children, these two very different people struggled with infidelity, freedom and commitment; the balance of work and familial responsibilities; and the division of child care between husband and wife--issues far in advance of their time. As Trimberger, women's studies coordinator at Sonoma State University, ably shows in her introduction, Boyce and Hapgood were unusual in their ability to cope with an often conflicted relationship without it ``dissolving or reverting to more traditional gender roles.''p. Trimberger develops her premise by letting the two speak for themselves through excerpts from their books and letters. The result is a colorful and intriguing view of this striking pair trapped in but energetically fighting against the stereotypes and expectations of their era. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library JournalIt's bad enough in the 1990s trying to be mother, wife, wage-earner, and sex goddess; how much more difficult at the century's beginning when there were few, if any, role models to follow. Boyce and Hapgood, part of the pre-World War II Greenwich Village set, had to hammer out their own definition of a modern marriage by agonizing trial and error. Using excerpts from a wide variety of the couples' literary works, editor Trimberger gives us a ``thirtysomething'' picture of a turbulent, passionate, creative relationship between two strong individuals that endured for 45 years, covering a period that saw sweeping changes in traditional expectations of sex roles and marriage. Although they are not major literary figures themselves, their story is a valuable contribution to the study of early feminism in America as well as to U.S. literary history collections. Recommended for large public libraries.-- Judith F. Bradley, Acad. of the Holy Cross Lib., Kensington, Md.
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