The Life and Work of Writer Annie Trumbull Slosson: A Connecticut Local Colorist (Studies in American Literature)

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Once one of the celebrated members of the "local color" movement of the 1890s, short story writer (and entomologist) Annie Trumbull Slosson has now fallen into relative obscurity. This text examines her life and career before turning its attention to a critical examination of her fictional work, including her one novel, The Heresy of Mehetabel Clark . In addition, he examines her scientific writings as a "fusion of the drama of literature with the circumstances of entomology." While her work was not without its flaws, Slosson is portrayed as a writer who deserves more attention. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Edward Ifkovic (Ph.D. in American Literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst) has taught literature for three decades. He has written several critical studies as well as two novels, Ella Moon: A Novel Based on the Life of Ella Wheeler Wilcox (2001) and A Girl Holding Lilacs (2003).

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"Ifkovic's comprehensive study of local-color writer and amateur entomologist Annie Trumbull Slosson proves a noteworthy point: in the post-feminist eera are still important American women who need rediscovery - women whose cultural significance seems obvious once their story is told. Annie Trumbull Slosson is such a woman.....Ifkovic's study of her life and work is long overdue. This is a comprehensive study of her long life and varied career. He tells the story with a thoroughness and often an eloquence that does homage to Slosson. Clearly he is a scholar who has been absorbed in this reconstructed biography/ evaluation. To explore a subject about whom so little biographical information is available is courageous, but Ifkovic is certainly up to the task. Henceforth Slosson should take her place as an American writer and scientist who deserves much more than the footnote she is usually granted in the standard reference works." - Peta Howard, Professor Emeritus, Literature and Women's Studies, Connecticut Community College system; "Ifkovic's study is a model of sympathetic scholarship, an attempt to fuse her fictional creation with the day-to-day evolution of her personal life. His detailed exploration of her relationship with brother-in-law and companion W.C. Prime, based on letters and diaries, is exemplary. His "Coda" to the book ironically sums up perfectly the long life he tells us about, encapsulating both the world of her fiction with that of her own very real days." - Charlene Rue, Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library"

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