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Selected writings of Judith Sargent Murray / edited by Sharon M. Harris.

By: Murray, Judith Sargent, 1751-1820.
Contributor(s): Harris, Sharon M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Women writers in English 1350-1850: Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1995Description: xliv, 272 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0195078837 (cloth : acid-free paper); 9780195078831 (cloth : acid-free paper); 0195100387 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 9780195100389 (pbk. : acid-free paper).Uniform titles: Selections. 1995 Subject(s): Feminism -- United States -- History -- 18th century -- Literary collections | Women -- United States -- History -- 18th century -- Literary collections | English literature | United StatesDDC classification: 818/.209 Other classification: 18.06
Contents:
On the equality of the sexes -- Observations on female abilities -- Desultory thoughts upon the utility of encouraging a degree of self-complacency, especially in female bosoms -- Sketch of the present situation of America, 1794 -- Necessity of religion, especially in adversity -- Spirit independent of matter -- The traveller returned -- Story of Margaretta.
Summary: Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life in New England, where her extraordinary intellectual achievements gained recognition in literary and political circles of the late eighteenth century. Author of "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790), Murray was one of America's earliest feminist writers and a gifted satirist. She was one of the first women in America to have her own literary column (in Massachusetts Magazine), and the first American to have a play produced on the Boston stage. In addition to writing essays, plays, poetry, and fiction, Murray was a prolific letter writer. Throughout her long career, she focused on the themes of women's education, history, and contributions to American culture. In 1798, one hundred of her essays from Massachusetts Magazine were collected and published in a single volume, The Gleaner. The Selected Writings features Murray's "On the Equality of the Sexes" and other essays from The Gleaner; selected correspondence; a play, The Traveller Returned; and Murray's only novel, The Story of Margaretta. This latest addition to the Women Writers in English series reintroduces an important early feminist voice, one that should engage the intellect and imagination of readers both inside and outside the academy.
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Selected essays. On the equality of the sexes -- Observations on female abilities -- Desultory thoughts upon the utility of encouraging a degree of self-complacency, especially in female bosoms -- Sketch of the present situation of America, 1794 -- Necessity of religion, especially in adversity -- Spirit independent of matter -- Selected letters -- The traveller returned -- Story of Margaretta.

Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life in New England, where her extraordinary intellectual achievements gained recognition in literary and political circles of the late eighteenth century. Author of "On the Equality of the Sexes" (1790), Murray was one of America's earliest feminist writers and a gifted satirist. She was one of the first women in America to have her own literary column (in Massachusetts Magazine), and the first American to have a play produced on the Boston stage. In addition to writing essays, plays, poetry, and fiction, Murray was a prolific letter writer. Throughout her long career, she focused on the themes of women's education, history, and contributions to American culture. In 1798, one hundred of her essays from Massachusetts Magazine were collected and published in a single volume, The Gleaner. The Selected Writings features Murray's "On the Equality of the Sexes" and other essays from The Gleaner; selected correspondence; a play, The Traveller Returned; and Murray's only novel, The Story of Margaretta. This latest addition to the Women Writers in English series reintroduces an important early feminist voice, one that should engage the intellect and imagination of readers both inside and outside the academy.

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Union College Press's republication of Judith Sargent Murray's The Gleaner (CH, Oct'93; originally published in three volumes, 1798)--a compendium of essays, dramas, and fiction--confirmed Murray's position as a progressive thinker. Her feminism, republican principles, and educational and religious liberalism still have broad appeal, and she deserves to be better known as an early American author. The present volume, one in Oxford's "Women Writers in English 1350-1850" series, reprints four essays, a play (The Traveller Returned) and a novel (Story of Margaretta), about 30 percent of The Gleaner, and adds two early essays and 11 letters (or parts of letters) from the more than 2,000 preserved at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. This is a convenient edition for undergraduates and nonacademic readers; Harris's introduction and (especially) annotations and her extraction of Story of Margaretta from the essays in which it was embedded make this volume an easier read than the original. On the other hand, much is lost from and relatively little is added to Murray's Gleaner here, which serious readers will still need. J. D. Wallace Boston College

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Sharon Harris is a Professor of English at University of Nebraska.

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