Kate Field: The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American Journalist

Kate Field: The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American Journalist

by Gary Scharnhorst
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Syracuse University Press


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Kate Field: The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American Journalist

Kate Field was among the first celebrity journalists. A literary and cultural sensation, she reported the news while frequently becoming news herself because of her sharp wit and vibrant presence. She wrote for several prestigious newspapers, such as the Boston Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Herald, as well her own Kate Field's Washington. Field's friends and professional acquaintances included Charles Dickens, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Anthony Trollope, and George Eliot. Legendary novelist Henry James patterned the character of Henrietta Stackpole after her in The Portrait of a Lady.

In this eloquent and immensely readable biography, Gary Scharnhorst offers a fascinating, often poignant portrait of a fiercely intelligent and enormously independent woman who contributed significantly to America's intellectual and social life in the late nineteenth century. Kate Field was an outspoken advocate for the rights of black Americans and founder of the first women's club in America. She campaigned to make Yosemite a national park and saved John Brown's Adirondack farm for the nation. Field's activities will interest students and scholars of nineteenth-century American literature, women's studies, and journalism, as well as patrons of public and academic libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815608745
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Writing American Women Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 870,792
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gary Scharnhorst is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He has written biographies of Horatio Alger, Jr., Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Bret Harte.

Table of Contents

Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Beginnings     1
Florence     16
Interregnum     35
New York and New England     53
At Large     73
"Free Lance"     95
England     116
New York Redux     138
Zion     157
Out West     174
Washington     194
Chicago and Beyond     217
Hawaii and Home     235
Notes     253
Bibliography     285
Index     289

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