The Bluestocking Bulletin Is Here

Each month I will feature a little-known woman writer of the past in my newsletter, which I have retitled “The Bluestocking Bulletin.” Check it out here and, if you like it, you can subscribe at the bottom.

This first issue features the writer Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867), who was a famous early American novelist (as famous as James Fenimore Cooper, but sadly forgotten). She also wrote an interesting story called “A Sketch of Bluestocking,” which suggests just how fraught that term was and how conflicted she and other women felt about being literary women.

You can also learn something about this bizarre image:


I also have news about the talks and events I have lined up to celebrate the publication of Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories. Let me know what you think of the new title and content.


Subscribe to The Bluestocking Bulletin to learn about women writers of the past you may never heard of before (but should have).


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  1. apparently this kind of cartoon was common in the 19th century.
    I have one that satirizes the National Woman’s Press Association that began during the Cotton Centennial Exposition in 1884. Side-by-side cartoons in the weekly New Orleans Mascot showed women frantically cutting, pasting, and typing a newspaper and another with men fussing with the babies, buttons, and housework.

  2. I like it! I’m coming at your newsletter with fresh eyes, but I liked what I read and look forward to reading more from it each month :).

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