9780195100389

Selected Writings of Judith Sargent Murray

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    9780195100389

  • ISBN10:

    0195100387

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-11-23
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

As a novelist, essayist, dramatist, and poet, Judith Sargent Murray candidly and often humorously asserted her opinions about the social and political conditions of women in late eighteenth-century America. As a committed feminist, she urged American women to enter a "new era in female history," yet published some of her own writings under a man's name in hopes of more widely disseminating her ideas. In addition to her literary endeavors Murray was a prolific letter-writer, and revealed in her correspondence, as elsewhere, her unwavering commitment to human rights. Also during this period, Murray produced numerous sketches of celebrated female contemporaries and her major work, The Gleaner . With selections from The Gleaner and Murray's other publications, this latest addition to the Women Writers in English series unearths an important early feminist voice, one that should engage the intellect and imagination of readers both inside and outside the academy.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Selected Essaysp. 1
On the Equality of the Sexesp. 3
Observations on Female Abilitiesp. 15
Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a Degree of Self-Complacency, Especially in Female Bosomsp. 44
Sketch of the Present Situation of America, 1794p. 49
Necessity of Religion, Especially in Adversityp. 69
Spirit Independent of Matterp. 78
Selected Lettersp. 85
The Traveller Returnedp. 103
Story of Margarettap. 153
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