Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors

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Our Sister Editors is the first book-length study of Sarah J. Hale's editorial career. From 1828 to 1836 Hale edited the Boston-based Ladies' Magazine and then from 1837 to 1877 Philadelphia's Godey's Lady's Book, which on the eve of the Civil War was the most widely read periodical in the United States, boasting more than 150,000 subscribers. Hale reviewed thousands of books, regularly contributed her own fiction and poetry to her magazines, wrote monthly editorials, and published the work of such writers as ...
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Our Sister Editors is the first book-length study of Sarah J. Hale's editorial career. From 1828 to 1836 Hale edited the Boston-based Ladies' Magazine and then from 1837 to 1877 Philadelphia's Godey's Lady's Book, which on the eve of the Civil War was the most widely read periodical in the United States, boasting more than 150,000 subscribers. Hale reviewed thousands of books, regularly contributed her own fiction and poetry to her magazines, wrote monthly editorials, and published the work of such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Lydia Sigourney. Our Sister Editors provides the first overview of the large and diverse group of nineteenth-century women editors. Examining "the explosive nature of the public women's space they created and maintained," Okker gauges the extent to which these editors resisted narrow definitions of domesticity. An appendix highlights the contributions of more than six hundred women editors during this period.
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Okker (English, U. of Missouri) studies Hale's career as an editor of popular ladies' magazines, book reviewer, and fiction and poetry writer, and relates her contributions to debates about the status of women and the development of American literature, countering the perception that Hale's only accomplishment was the authorship of Mary Had a Little Lamb. She examines the role of women as editors, owners, and publishers of periodicals, and highlights the contributions of some 600 women editors of the period in the appendix. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820316864
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Women Periodical Editors in the Nineteenth-Century United States 6
2 From Intellectual Equality to Moral Difference: Hale's Conversion to Separate Spheres 38
3 Essentialism and Empowerment: Hale's Theory of Separate Spheres 59
4 The Professionalization of Authorship 84
5 Women's Reading 110
6 Hale's Aesthetics of Poetry and Fiction 138
Epilogue. Beyond the Lady's Book: Hale's Legacy in the Twentieth Century 163
Appendix: Nineteenth-Century American Women Periodical Editors 167
Notes 221
Works Cited 247
Index 259
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