Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) was at the center of the post-Revolution discussion concerning the proper role of women in the new Republic. Her voice dominated American discussion of women's character and their future in both intimate and public life. Here, Sheila Skemp supports her biographical essay with 15 of Murray's letters, essays, and poems.
A brief study of the life and work of America's first notable feminist, providing a window on gender issues being debated during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Nine thematic chapters examine Murray's experience of and pronouncements on marriage, motherhood, religion, women's education, writing, and the construction of gender in American society. Fifteen primary documents, including letters, poems, and essays, give access to her views. Includes a chronology. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.