Gender roles in the American Revolutionary War period were not exactly a bastion of progressiveness. However, even during a time when most women were encouraged to shrink from conflict and follow the lead of any man in the vicinity, there were a few iconoclastic females who broke this mold. The defiantly independent heroine at the center of The Hidden Children steadfastly refuses to be held down by social conventions she sees as useless.
Robert William Chambers was an American artist and fiction writer. His first novel, In the Quarter was published in 1887 but his most famous, and perhaps most meritorious, effort is The King in Yellow, a collection of Art Nouveau short stories. E. F. Bleiler describes it as one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction.It was also strongly admired by H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. Chambers returned to the weird genre in his later short story collections The Maker of Moons, The Mystery of Choice and The Tree of Heaven, but none earned him as much success as The King in Yellow. Some of Chambers's work contains elements of science fiction, such as In Search of the Unknown and Police!!!, about a zoologist who encounters monsters. Chambers later turned to writing romantic fiction to earn a living and according to some estimates, had one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best-seller status.
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