Caroline Howard Gilman


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born and reared in Massachusetts, came to know and love the South when her husband Samuel (also a New Englander and author of the hymn “Fair Harvard”) accepted a Unitarian pulpit there. Her first book, Recollections of a Housekeeper (1834), a light narrative of domesticity, looked back to her old home in the North, but with her sense of a dual allegiance she followed it with Recollections of a Southern Matron (1838), another domestic narrative. They illustrated her belief that a common faith in the homely morality of family life shared by women North and South was more important than the societal and political beliefs that divided the men of these increasingly antagonistic regions. A similar attitude informs her autobiographical The Poetry of Travelling in the United States (1838). Other lesser works include Tales and Ballads (1839), prose stories and verses, and Verses of a Life Time (1849), as well as books for children.

Subjects: Literature.

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