Selected Writings of Judith Sargent Murray / Edition 1

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Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life in New England, where her extraordinary intellectual achievements gained recognition in literary and political circles of the late eighteenth century. Author of "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790), Murray was one of America's earliest feminist writers and a gifted satirist. She was one of the first women in America to have her own literary column (in Massachusetts Magazine), and the first American to have a play produced on the Boston stage. In addition to writing essays, plays, poetry, and fiction, Murray was a prolific letter writer. Throughout her long career, she focused on the themes of women's education, history, and contributions to American culture. In 1798, one hundred of her essays from Massachusetts Magazine were collected and published in a single volume, The Gleaner. The Selected Writings features Murray's "On the Equality of the Sexes" and other essays from The Gleaner; selected correspondence; a play, The Traveller Returned; and Murray's only novel, The Story of Margaretta. This latest addition to the Women Writers in English series reintroduces an important early feminist voice, one that should engage the intellect and imagination of readers both inside and outside the academy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195100389
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 5.44 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Selected Essays 1
On the Equality of the Sexes 3
Observations on Female Abilities 15
Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a Degree of Self-Complacency, Especially in Female Bosoms 44
Sketch of the Present Situation of America, 1794 49
Necessity of Religion, Especially in Adversity 69
Spirit Independent of Matter 78
Selected Letters 85
The Traveller Returned 103
Story of Margaretta 153
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