A Chicago Tribune “best book” of 2016. Reviewed on the Cover of the New York Times Book Review; “Editor’s Choice,” New York Times; Editor’s Pick, Library Journal; Starred Reviews in Booklist and Library Journal; A “Hot Book” at The National Book Review; A Book Making News at Lit Hub; and one of the BBC’s ten books to read in February 2016.
“Anne Boyd Rioux’s new biography of Constance Fenimore Woolson is a riveting portrait of a lady whose literary reputation has been undeservedly eclipsed until quite recently. A best-selling nineteenth-century American novelist, friend of countless intellectuals (including Henry James and others in his circle), and intrepid traveler, the stubbornly independent Woolson was compared in her day to the Brontës, Jane Austen, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Mary Wilkins Freeman, and James himself produced a critical study of her work. Yet after her death she was sadly forgotten. Now Rioux brings her vividly back to life in a book that is both perceptive and poignant.”–Sandra Gilbert, co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Women Writers
Discover the fiction of Constance Fenimore Woolson, a writer once deemed America’s “Novelist Laureate”–The Boston Globe
Woolson’s stories exhibit “much subtlety, controlled sympathy and writerly skill.” –Colm Toibin, Foreword
“An American realist of a high order”— Vivian Gornick, The Nation
Anne Boyd Rioux is a professor of English and the author and editor of four books. Read more.
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