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Marietta Holley
Life with "Josiah Allen’s Wife"

Kate H. Winter

Paper $19.95s    |    0-8156-3088-3    |   2005

Recovers the buried reputation of one of America's most popular writers from 1873 to 1914.

Subject of a Spring 2006 PBS Special.

"An engaging biographical look into the intriguing life of Marietta Holley. This scholarly biographical and literary study deftly explores the historical interests of the popular writer Marietta Holley and many of the secrets that made her life and writing what it became. A very highly recommended read for students of literature, women’s studies and regional American cultural history."
The Bookwatch

"Backed by Mark Twain’s publisher, she drew on the vernacular humor tradition to create a sympathetic comic woman who hid behind the deliberately self-effacing mask of ‘Josiah Allen's Wife.’ In 21 books between 1873 and 1914, she turned her pragmatic gaze on sex, race, religion, politics, foreign policy, and genteel values; she propagandized for votes, temperance, and feminism."
dash Library Journal

"Excellently researched and well written. . . . Marietta Holley has at last a chance of regaining her place in a tradition she helped to create."
dash Modern Fiction Studies

Kate H. Winter is the author of several books, including Woman in the Mountain: Reconstructions of Self and Land by Adirondack Women Writers. She is a lecturer in the English Department at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

6 x 9, 192 pages, 10 black-and-white photographs

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