Margret Howth


"Margret Howth" from Rebecca Harding Davis. Pioneer of literary realism in American literature (1831-1910).
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Margret Howth

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"Margret Howth" from Rebecca Harding Davis. Pioneer of literary realism in American literature (1831-1910).
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This first novel by the 19th-century author of Life in the Iron Mills was serialized in the Atlantic Monthly in 1861-62; set in that period in an Indiana mill town, it shows the ``life-long battle for bread and butter,''p. 20 the suffering that characterized the lives of the working poor in the era of industrialization. In her afterword, Yellin ( Women and Sisters: The Anti-Slavery Feminists in Nineteenth Century American Culture ) places this work of fiction in the context of Davis's dealings with her editor at the Atlantic Monthly, explaining that she rewrote the work to satisfy his call for a ``sunnier literature.'' Without Yellin's background information, it would be hard to make sense of Davis's story and its incongruous ending wherein the title character sacrifices her chance for conventional love to help others, only to find ultimate fulfillment back in that same romantic relationship. As it stands, this novel has all the stock elements of a genre romance. An interesting case of the undue influence of an editor's views, important for feminist literary scholars and libraries, but not for the general reader. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781511717236
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/13/2015
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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