Catharine Maria Sedgwick


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Massachusetts author of fiction depicting the simple domestic virtues of the American home, which she considered the safeguard of the Republic. A New-England Tale (1822) and Redwood (1824) are conventional romantic novels, illustrating their author's moral belief, and valuable for their realistic depiction of social customs in early 19th-century New England. Hope Leslie; or, Early Times in the Massachusetts (1827) tells of the romantic adventures which befall colonial settlers, through Indian captivities and massacres. Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times (1830), set in and around New York City, contrasts the lives of a sensible and an adventurous girl, and The Linwoods; or,“Sixty Years Since” in America (1835) presents the social life of New York City during the last two years of the Revolution. Married or Single? (1857), her last novel, was again a story of society and a contrast of different types of women, with the ostensible purpose of showing the valuable activities in which an unmarried woman might engage.

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