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by Sherwood Bonner, Katherine Sherwood McDowell
     
 

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The novel follows a romance between a free-spirited, intellectual southerner, Blythe Herndon, and a former abolitionist and Union soldier, Roger Ellis. Blythe initially sees marriage to an outsider as an escape from the strictures of southern society but soon realizes that even Roger will expect a certain deference from his wife. Over the course of the novel she also…  See more details below

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The novel follows a romance between a free-spirited, intellectual southerner, Blythe Herndon, and a former abolitionist and Union soldier, Roger Ellis. Blythe initially sees marriage to an outsider as an escape from the strictures of southern society but soon realizes that even Roger will expect a certain deference from his wife. Over the course of the novel she also comes to acknowledge her inability, despite a desire to be free from convention, to accept Roger's egalitarian views on race relations, his notions of free love, and his past affair with a married woman.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This proto-feminist portrait of Southern society was originally published in 1878. (June)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This early feminist novel, originally published in 1878 on the recommendation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, follows protagonist Blythe Herndon as she prepares to marry a man who, despite being an abolitionist, would make her a slave to his will. In addition to its feminist tilt, the book was one of the earliest to deal with Southern racism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570031847
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Series:
Southern Classics Ser.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,079,466
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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