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Sigourney, Mrs. L.H. (Lydia Howard)

Published by Hartford/New York: Brown And Gross/D. Appleton And Co., 1862.
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First edition. Near fine in decorated cloth with some light wear to top of spine. All edges gilt. Inscribed on the front flyleaf in Sigourney's beautiful hand-Ms. Constance H. Davis,/with best wished for her happinesss/on this auspicious occasion,/f rom her friend,/the Author/Hartford, Conn/June 5th, 1862. Lydia Howard Huntley was born in Norwich, Connecticut on September 1, 1791, to Ezekiel Huntley and Zerviah Wentworth. Their only child, she was named after her father's first wife, Lydia Howa rd. Ezekiel married Lydia Howard right after participating in the Revolutionary War and she died of tuberculosis before their first anniversary. Three years later, he married Sigourney's mother Zerviah. In 1805 Lydia was sent to visit Mrs. Jeremiah Wadsworth in Hartford, Connecticut. This visit put her in contact with Daniel Wadsworth. Daniel helped her set up a school for girls, arranging for his friends' daughters to attend. In 1815, he also helped her publish her first work, Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse, arranging the publishing and performing the initial editing himself. On June 16, 1819, she married Charles Sigourney, and after her marriage chose to write anonymously in "leisure" time. It was not until her parents were in dire ne ed and her husband had lost some of his former affluence that she began to write as an occupation. When she was referred to as the probable author of the anonymous Letters to Young Ladies, By a Lady she admitted authorship and from there began to wr ite openly as Mrs. Sigourney. Her influence was tremendous and as a dedicated, successful writer, Lydia Sigourney violated essential elements of the very gender roles she celebrated. In the process, she offered young, aspiring women writers around t he country an example of the possibilities of achieving both fame and economic reward. Bookseller Inventory # 1831

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Title: Gleanings.

Publisher: Hartford/New York: Brown And Gross/D. Appleton And Co., 1862.

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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