By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Jane Elton, orphaned as a tender lady, is going to stay along with her aunt Mrs. Wilson, a egocentric and overbearing lady who practices a repressive Calvinism. of their rural New England village, Jane grows up craving to damage unfastened from Mrs. Wilson's tyranny and locate her position as a citizen of the evolving American Republic. She is helped by means of her encounters with characters who embrace quite a few shadings of ethical, spiritual, and civic advantage: the affectionate servant Mary Hull, a pious Methodist; Mr. Lloyd, a sort Quaker; loopy guess, emotional, sympathetic, yet deeply volatile; and outdated John, bereaved yet clever. finally, A New-England Tale is ready the relationship among parenting and governing, and the most important position ladies play in shaping a fledgling state.
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Camden, 1873–84 In mourning, in poor health, and unable to work, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey to live with his brother George and George’s wife, Lou. After a succession of painful losses, he now found himself also separated from his beloved, Peter Doyle, who remained in Washington. From Camden, he wrote Doyle almost cheerful letters of consolation that talked of reunion but revealed real sorrow. Whitman never moved back to Washington, and the two gradually saw less of each other. He felt ‘‘very lonesome’’ (Corr, 2: 267).
Who knows but that I might do something very respectable? , 1: 21–2) By 1842 Whitman was in New York working as a printer in the pressroom of the New World and finding places to publish fiction, stories, and sketches. He came to a world and work of journalism that, except for the basic work of the compositor, was undergoing rapid and dramatic changes. By 1835 the introduction of the rotary steam press brought the capability of printing 3,000 copies in an hour. Benjamin Henry Day’s New York Sun reached a circulation of 20,000 copies per day by 1837 (Huntzicker 1999: 165–6).
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