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Sarah Dorsey

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0007
Sarah Dorsey

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Throughout her life, Sarah Anne Ellis Dorsey sought to combine the routines of a typical plantation lady with a sense of feminine intellectuality, which superior learning and wealth made possible. In comparison with Southern white women of similar tastes and high education, Sarah Dorsey, her married name, was much more experimental and extensive in her search for individuality. One reason was her metropolitan links—to Philadelphia and New York, and after the Civil War, to London. By her own choice, much of her life was confined to a rural existence. Yet she strived to open new avenues of intellectual experience without risk to her marriage or her social and economic position. Romantic by temperament, she thought that it would be easy to pursue an intellectual, productive career and give up nothing of her imposing style of living.

Keywords: Sarah Dorsey; Thomas Percy; Southern families; Charles Dahlgren; Anne Lynch

Chapter.  8916 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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