The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
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This book is highly recommended for students and reading groups interested in American history, American literature, and women's studies. It is a wonderful look into 19th-century life.
showed it to Hawthorne, asking, “I want to know if this looks like your Ilbrahim?” Hawthorne—himself a fatherless son—studied the sketch for a moment and replied, “He will never look otherwise to me!” Sophia Peabody’s illustration for The Gentle Boy Word of the successful drawing traveled fast in Salem and even to Boston. Soon there were plans to publish the story and illustration in a special edition, subsidized by Salem’s Susan Burley. A well-known engraver, Joseph Andrews, would do the job
called to the post of higher duty?” Mann exhorted himself as he continued his travels during the fall, and when, at the end of the year, he received an offer to become president of a new college in Missouri, with an annual salary of $3,000, “a splendid house, gardens, etc.,” he refused it. “I would rather remain here and work for mere bread, than to go there for the great wealth of the Valley of the Mississippi,” he wrote on Christmas Day 1839. “Oh, let me prosper in this. I ask no other reward
herself, since first writing to Wordsworth at twenty-one, with “a heart troubled too deeply by the meeting of sensibility & reflection—amid heavy responsibilities of life.” Now, rather than pour out her soul as she had in earlier letters to the poet, she put forward Hawthorne’s volume as “the only American production, which shows our capability . . . of the romance of History.” And she wrote of Wordsworth’s old friend Washington Allston—“I see him frequently, and we always talk of you and Mr.
certificate of approval by the state legislature until 1803. The Medical Society was founded chiefly by Boston doctors trained in Europe (Dr. Jeffries, who trained in London and received an M.D. in Aberdeen, was an early and active member), whereas only one of the three founding professors of Harvard’s Medical Institution held academic degrees. See Philip Cash, “The Professionalization of Boston Medicine, 1760–1803,” Medicine in Colonial Massachusetts: 1620–1820 (Boston: Colonial Society of
“setting up . . . knowing look”: MTP to HM, July 29, 1834, HM Papers, MHS. “behind the age . . . transcendental yet”: MTP to HM, May 30, 1835, HM Papers, MHS. 25. Temple School Revisited 307 “nurse up”: SAP to MTP, June 7, 1835, Berg. “beauty”: MTP to HM, May 30, 1835, HM Papers, MHS. “monopolizing spirit . . . march of mind”: MTP to HM, May 30, 1835, HM Papers, MHS. “I think I was meant”: MTP to HM, January 18, 1835, HM Papers, MHS. “turned violent housekeeper . . . poor slave”: MTP to HM, May