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The Hidden Hand: Or, Capitola the Madcap by E. D. E. N. Southworth

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E.D.E.N. Southworth was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the nineteenth century and her Capitola Black, or Black Cap - a cross-dressing, adventure-seeking girl-woman - was so well-loved that the book was serialized three times between 1859 and 1888 and was dramatized in forty different versions. When we first meet sharp and witty Capitola she is living among beggars and street urchins, and dressed as a boy because a boy can get work and be safe, whereas a girl is left to starve for want of "proper"...

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Overview

E.D.E.N. Southworth was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the nineteenth century and her Capitola Black, or Black Cap - a cross-dressing, adventure-seeking girl-woman - was so well-loved that the book was serialized three times between 1859 and 1888 and was dramatized in forty different versions. When we first meet sharp and witty Capitola she is living among beggars and street urchins, and dressed as a boy because a boy can get work and be safe, whereas a girl is left to starve for want of "proper" employment. Unknown to her, Capitola has a very rich elderly guardian who finds her at a providential moment and takes her back to his palatial mansion where she finds herself "decomposing above ground for want of having my blood stirred." But not to fear. There are bandits, true-loves, evil men, long-lost mothers, and sweet women friends in Capitola's future - not to mention thunder storms, kidnap attempts, and duels. The pace is fast, the action wonderfully unbelievable. This is escape literature at its nineteenth-century best, with a woman at its center who makes you feel strong, daring, and reckless

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813512969
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1988
  • Series: American Women Writers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 945,573
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    Empowering

    The Hidden Hand by EDEN Southworth is my all-time favorite novel. Readers find a hero in the young, beautiful Capitola- a girl who not only fends for herself much of her life, but also saves the lives of others. It is not the typical story about the female in distress, who must be rescued by the brave, love interest character. The Hidden Hand is an excellent novel.

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