Ruth Hall and Other Writings by Fanny Fern / Edition 1

Ruth Hall and Other Writings by Fanny Fern / Edition 1

by Joyce W. Warren, Joyce W. (Ed.) Warren
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813511682

ISBN-13: 9780813511689

Pub. Date: 08/01/1986

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

When Ruth Hall was originally published in 1855, it caused a sensation. In it, Fanny Fern (Sara Payson Willis Parton) portrays a mid-nineteenth-century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her own becoming the incarnation of the American individualist-regarded at that time as a role designed exclusively for men. Based on the author's life, the novel

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When Ruth Hall was originally published in 1855, it caused a sensation. In it, Fanny Fern (Sara Payson Willis Parton) portrays a mid-nineteenth-century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her own becoming the incarnation of the American individualist-regarded at that time as a role designed exclusively for men. Based on the author's life, the novel reflects her spirit of practical feminism-that a woman was only truly independent when she was financially independent.

Fanny Fern was one of the most popular American writers of the mid-nineteenth century, the first woman newspaper columnist in the United States, and the most highly paid newspaper writer of her day. This volume gathers together for the first time almost one hundred selections of her best work as a journalist. Writing on such taboo subjects as prostitution, venereal disease, divorce, and birth control, Fern stripped the façade of convention from some of society's most sacred institutions, targeting cant and hypocrisy, pretentiousness and pomp.

Fern portrays a mid-nineteenth century woman who becomes the incarnartion of the American individualist, something regarded as exclusively for men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813511689
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1986
Series:
American Women Writers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
401,228
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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