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Macaria: Or Altars of Sacrifice

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807116623
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Series: Library of Southern Civilization
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Gilpin Faust is Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books, including The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil war South and James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery, for which she received the Charles S. Sydnor Award.

LSU Press

Drew Gilpin Faust is Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books, including The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil war South and James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery, for which she received the Charles S. Sydnor Award.

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