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Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present

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Historical events of the last three centuries come alive through these women’s singular correspondences—often their only form of public expression. In 1775, Rachel Revere tries to send financial aid to her husband, Paul, in a note that is confiscated by the British; First Lady Dolley Madison tells her sister about rescuing George Washington’s portrait during the War of 1812; one week after JFK’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy pens a heartfelt letter to Nikita Khrushchev; and on September 12, 2001, a schoolgirl writes a note of thanks to a

New York City firefighter, asking him, “Were you afraid?”

The letters gathered here also offer fresh insight into the personal milestones in women’s lives. Here is a mid-nineteenth-century missionary describing a mastectomy performed without anesthesia; Marilyn Monroe asking her doctor to spare her ovaries in a handwritten note she taped to her stomach before appendix surgery; an eighteen-year-old telling her mother about her decision to have an abortion the year after Roe v. Wade; and a woman writing to her parents and in-laws about adopting a Chinese baby.

With more than 400 letters and over 100 stunning photographs, Women’s Letters is a work of astonishing breadth and scope, and a remarkable testament to the women who lived–and made–history.

Review:

"In Letters of the Century, Grunwald and Adler offered an epistolary romp through American life in the 20th century. Now the husband-and-wife duo turn their considerable talents to the letters of American women. Some of the letters capture grand historical events — e.g., Abigail Adams gushing to husband John about a July 1776 public reading of the Declaration of Independence. At the other end of the timeline are a handful of letters written on or shortly after 9/11. But many letters dwell on the everyday — sickness, loneliness, childrearing. Some of the letters are by obscure women, and some — such as a February 1861 note from 'A Lady' warning Abraham Lincoln of a rumored assassination plot — are anonymous. As the editors note, for most of our history, 'women simply had no public forum.... Letters... were among their only outlets for recording what they saw, and how they felt....' This is a delightful collection of belles letters in the most literal sense of the term, and a worthy successor to the editors' previous volume. Agents, Liz Darhansoff and Kathy Robbins. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the editors of the classic anthology "Letters of the Century" comes a unique portrait of American history told through the letters of famous and everyday women alike. High school & older.

About the Author

Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels Whatever Makes You Happy, New Years Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. She is a former magazine editor.

Stephen J. Adler is editor in chief of Business Week magazine and author of The Jury: Trial and Error in the American Courtroom. Grunwald and Adler live with their two children in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385335539
Editor:
Grunwald, Lisa
Editor:
Adler, Stephen J.
Editor:
Grunwald, Lisa
Editor:
Adler, Stephen J.
Author:
Edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler
Author:
Edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen J. Adler
Author:
Adler, Stephen J.
Author:
Grunwald, Lisa
Publisher:
The Dial Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Series Volume:
America from the Rev
Publication Date:
20050927
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
SOME ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
9.52x7.37x1.89 in. 3.53 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Letters of the Century, Grunwald and Adler offered an epistolary romp through American life in the 20th century. Now the husband-and-wife duo turn their considerable talents to the letters of American women. Some of the letters capture grand historical events — e.g., Abigail Adams gushing to husband John about a July 1776 public reading of the Declaration of Independence. At the other end of the timeline are a handful of letters written on or shortly after 9/11. But many letters dwell on the everyday — sickness, loneliness, childrearing. Some of the letters are by obscure women, and some — such as a February 1861 note from 'A Lady' warning Abraham Lincoln of a rumored assassination plot — are anonymous. As the editors note, for most of our history, 'women simply had no public forum.... Letters... were among their only outlets for recording what they saw, and how they felt....' This is a delightful collection of belles letters in the most literal sense of the term, and a worthy successor to the editors' previous volume. Agents, Liz Darhansoff and Kathy Robbins. (Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the editors of the classic anthology "Letters of the Century" comes a unique portrait of American history told through the letters of famous and everyday women alike. High school & older.
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