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The Atlantic and the Ship of State: 1859–1864

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0023
The Atlantic and the Ship of State: 1859–1864

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The serial Harriet Beecher Stowe gave, The Minister's Wooing, itself participated in the mythification of New England so central to the Atlantic Monthly's mission. However Stowe would live to see herself and other women writers left behind by the cultural hierarchy she participated in establishing. If she knocked down the male clerical authorities in The Minister's Wooing, her support of the Atlantic Monthly helped to elevate a new priesthood of cultural authorities. The Atlantic's first editor, James Russell Lowell, born “within the sound of the college bell at Cambridge,” was a professor at Harvard. On the appointed evening Harriet and Calvin Stowe appeared at the Revere House, Harriet wore a plain silk dress with a garland of artificial grape leaves in her hair. They had high expectations of the conversation. Although many invitations had gone out, only one other woman came; this was Harriet Prescott.

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe; The Minister's Wooing; Atlantic Monthly; James Russell Lowell; Harriet Prescott

Chapter.  11668 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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