Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

by Fanny Fern


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ISBN-13: 9781724300492
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/26/2018
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Fanny Fern was born Sara Willis in 1811. She was an American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's books in the 1850s through the 1870s. Fern's popularity is attributed to her conversational style that struck a chord with her intellectual female readers. Some of her published works include Ruth Hall, Fanny Ford, Rose Clark, Little Fern's for Fanny's Little Friends, The Play-Day Book, and The New Story Book for Children. 

Susan Belasco is professor emerita of English and women’s studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She edited Margaret Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes and Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall, and coedited several collections of essays and anthologies of American literature, including The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Volumes I and II, and Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays.

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Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
pluckybamboo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Written in the early nineteenth century, Ruth Hall is a semi-autobiographical novel by Fanny Fern. The pseudonym Fanny Fern was used by Grata Payson Sara Willis, the highest-paid journalist in America during much of her career (around 1855). Ruth Hall tells the story of Ruth, a nature-loving girl. She marries Harry, does not get along well with her in-laws, and meets disaster when her husband dies. Left penniless, abandoned by her family, and needing to support her two daughters, Ruth must find the strength within herself to move on. The novel is of a hard-wrought success story: Ruth becomes a very successful writer, all by the skin of her own teeth and the workings of her own brain. She ultimately becomes very wealthy and retires to the country in solitude with her children, an independent woman. As a sentimental work of fiction, the novel sometimes reads as melodramatic (especially when the intrusive narrator apostrophizes). However, the language is rich with description, and the story is touching.
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