Mercy otis Warren: Selected letters

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Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters, Page: 1-279

Publication Year:
2009
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/english_books/43
ISBN:
9780820326801; 9780820336732; 9781282726192
OCLC:
896131969; 470687725; 647879016
Author(s):
Otis, Mercy Warren; Richards, Jeffery H., (Editor); Harris, Sharon M., (Editor)
Publisher(s):
University of Georgia Press; The University of Georgia Press
Tags:
Arts and Humanities; Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814); Correspondence; 18th century; Women authors; American Revolution; United States History; Women's History
book description
This volume gathers more than one hundred letters-most of them previously unpublished-written by Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814). Warren, whose works include a three-volume history of the American Revolution as well as plays and poems, was a major literary figure of her era and one of the most important American women writers of the eighteenth century. Her correspondents included Martha and George Washington, Abigail and John Adams, and Catharine Macaulay. Until now, Warren's letters have been published sporadically, in small numbers, and mainly to help complete the collected correspondence of some of the famous men to whom she wrote. This volume addresses that imbalance by focusing on Warren's letters to her family members and other women. As they flesh out our view of Warren and correct some misconceptions about her, the letters offer a wealth of insights into eighteenth-century American culture, including social customs, women's concerns, political and economic conditions, medical issues, and attitudes on child rearing. Letters Warren sent to other women who had lost family members (Warren herself lost three children) reveal her sympathies; letters to a favorite son, Winslow, show her sharing her ambitions with a child who resisted her advice. What readers of other Warren letters may have only sensed about her is now revealed more fully: she was a woman of considerable intellect, religious faith, compassion, literary intelligence, and acute sensitivity to the historical moment of even everyday events in the new American republic. © 2009 by the University of Georgia Press. All rights reserved.