A Mary Wilkins Freeman Reader

Overview


Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852–1930), born in Randolph, Massachusetts, began to publish stories about New England in the early 1880s. In the following decades, Freeman drew widespread praise for her intimate portraits of women and her realistic depictions of rural New England life. She published short stories, essays, novels, plays, and children’s books.
 
Her stories, written in a clear and direct prose, are remarkable for their ...
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Overview


Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852–1930), born in Randolph, Massachusetts, began to publish stories about New England in the early 1880s. In the following decades, Freeman drew widespread praise for her intimate portraits of women and her realistic depictions of rural New England life. She published short stories, essays, novels, plays, and children’s books.
 
Her stories, written in a clear and direct prose, are remarkable for their unpretentious, sympathetic portrayals of the lives of ordinary New Englanders of Freeman’s era. Many of the stories depict rebellion against oppressive social and private conditions. Others describe conflicting desires for independence and lasting relationships.
 
This volume of twenty-eight stories is the first to provide a representative sample of Freeman’s finest work, from all phases of her career. It makes plain why Freeman (in the words of editor Mary R. Reichardt) is widely recognized as an important figure “in the history of American women’s fiction . . . and the development of the American short story.”
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Editorial Reviews

Susan Allen Toth

“Mary Wilkins Freeman’s best stories are subtle, moving, and grounded in extraordinary detail.”—Susan Allen Toth
Josephine Donovan

“Freeman is one of the most interesting and powerful writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. This collection includes several of her greatest stories, including ‘A New England Nun,’ ‘A Poetess,’ ‘The Revolt of “Mother,”’ and ‘Old Woman Magoun,’ and will serve as a good introduction to her work.”—Josephine Donovan, University of Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803268944
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: French Modernist Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary R. Reichardt is an associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas. She is the author of Mary Wilkins Freeman: A Study of the Short Fiction and A Web of Relationship: Women in the Short Fiction of Mary Wilkins Freeman and the editor of The Uncollected Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
An Honest Soul 3
A Conflict Ended 13
An Independent Thinker 25
A New England Nun 39
Christmas Jenny 50
Life-Everlastin' 63
A Village Singer 80
A Church Mouse 93
A Poetess 107
The Revolt of "Mother" 121
Louisa 136
Evelina's Garden 155
One Good Time 194
The Parrot 211
Arethusa 219
The Balsam Fir 230
The Great Pine 238
Luella Miller 248
The Lost Ghost 261
Eglantina 279
The Revolt of Sophia Lane (The Givers) 296
The Reign of the Doll 317
The Gold 333
The Old-Maid Aunt 345
Old Woman Magoun 361
The Selfishness of Amelia Lamkin 378
The Balking of Christopher 400
The Outside of the House 414
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