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Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories: Second Edition

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You must read this book and let your heart be broken—New York Times Book Review

"One of the earliest recognitions in American literature of the existence of the very poor."—Michele Murray, National Observer

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19th-century U.S. literature
Working-class studies

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Overview


You must read this book and let your heart be broken—New York Times Book Review

"One of the earliest recognitions in American literature of the existence of the very poor."—Michele Murray, National Observer

Suggested for course use in:
19th-century U.S. literature
Working-class studies

Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) published 12 books and many serialized novels, stories, and essays.

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Tillie Olsen
"You are about to get the life of your reading to a forgotten American classic, Rebecca Harding's 'Life In The Iron Mills', reprinted here after one hundred tweny-four years from the April 1861 Atlantic Monthly'. Without precedent or predecessor, it recorded what no one else recorded; alone in his epoch and for decads to come saw the significance, the presage, in scorned or unseen native materials - and wrought them into art. For an in secret and in isolation by a 30-year old unmarried woman who lived far from literary circles of any kind, it won instant fame. To sleep in ever deeping neglect in our time."
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Activist and author Tillie Olsen is best known for her prize-winning fiction Tell Me a Riddle and Yonnondio: From the Thirties. She has taught at MIT, Stanford, and Amherst. Olsen is an recipient of an Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Rediscover a forgotten writer

    Life in the Iron Mills is a collection of short stories by American writer, Rebecca Harding Davis. This book was compiled and published by a feminist group, therefore the biographical section is somewhat critical of Mrs. Harding's life after marriage. However, the short stories Mrs. Harding wrote herself are insightful and boldly realistic. Mrs. Harding was a strong, courageous writer who fell victim to the same conundrum all artists eventually face: to be true to the craft or pay the bills. Despite this, Mrs. Harding was still a writer who wrote of subjects that were controversial and made her readers face unpleasant truths. This book is a wonderful read for anyone interested in turn of the century writers and inspiring for the struggling writer who must find a way to balance home and career.

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