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An Evening When Alone: Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827-67 (The Publications of the Southern Texts Society)-Michael O'Brien

  • Title: An Evening When Alone: Four Journals of Single Women in the South, 1827-67 (The Publications of the Southern Texts Society)
  • Author: Michael O'Brien
  • Released: 1993-07-29
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  • Pages: 460
  • ISBN: 081391440X
  • ISBN13: 978-0813914404
  • ASIN: 081391440X

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A stately carriage ride into another world, this is a collection of journals kept by four single women in the American South before the Civil War. The diarists--a society belle of South Carolina, a Virginia gentlewoman, an elderly spinster, and a governess transplanted from the North living on a Mississippi plantation--provide a captivating look at life in an age when the written word was valued highly. The four women opened their hearts in their diaries, and today's readers are thus given a very unusual chance to engage their thoughts on life, family, the heartbreaks of the Civil War, and the details of their day to day lives.

From Publishers Weekly These journals of four single southern women, annotated by O'Brien, professor of history at Miami University in Ohio, are a valuable addition to the literature concerning the society and culture of the Old South. Although most of the diaries--a popular literary form of the time--center on family matters and reflect single women's common loneliness and dependent status, they also convey the writers' diverse personalities and social insights. The comments of the self-aware, ironic, Austen-like Virginian are in marked contrast to the homesick Pittsburgh governess or the Charleston belle, a "quintessential wife-in-the-making." Politics and slavery are rarely mentioned. This book is the first in a Southern Texts Society Series. Photos not seen by PW.
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