Macaria: Or Altars of Sacrifice

Macaria: Or Altars of Sacrifice

by Augusta Jane Evans

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A bestseller in the South during the Civil War, this tale focuses on a pair of strong-minded heroines who grapple with questions of individual morality and, when war breaks out, contribute to the fight against the ``Cain-cursed race of New England.'' Irene Huntington, a pampered heiress, and Electra Grey, a poor orphan, both love Electra's cousin Russell Aubrey. Russell returns Irene's love, but honor, duty and old enmities compel all three to keep their affections a dark secret. Each also shuns marriage: Irene won't be bullied by her father into accepting an arranged match; Russell proposes to no one; and Electra, endowed with a ``passionate nature,'' sneers at the ``maudlin sentiments of propriety'' voiced by her suitor. A product of its time, the novel is, as Faust ( The Creation of Confederate Nationalism ) notes, especially interesting for political statements, such as opposition to universal suffrage, and the ``discordant'' way in which it advocates self-determination for women (within unselfish, God-fearing guidelines)--while coolly assuming the inferiority of ``negro labor.'' (Aug.)
First published in 1864 (and long out of print), this novel was written by a leading author of 19th-century domestic fiction (and was a best seller in both the North and the South). Its subject is women struggling for a place in society as independent Introductory material by the editor tells of the author's life and times. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Louisiana State University Press
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Library of Southern Civilization
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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