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Subject: [Q-R] Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 15:54:37 EST
"Catherine Maria Sedgwick was 24 when her father died, and took over the
management of a private school for young ladies in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, an
endeavor she continued for fifty years.
At the same time, encouraged by her two brothers, she wrote a work of
fiction entitled "A New England Tale." It appeared anonymously in 1822.
Her second novel , "Redwood" also published anonymously, was reprinted in
England and translated into four languages. Six other novels followed.
Miss Sedgwick also wrote and published a collection of her "Sketches and
Tales" for magazines. She next authored a series of papers descriptive of
everyday life, including such titles as "The Poor Rich Man and The Rich Poor Man"
and "Live and Let Live." Her travels through Europe over a years time resulted
in "Letters from Abroad to Kindred at Home."
Sedgwick wrote numerous historical sketches and biographies, and edited and
authored several articles for literary publications. Her writing is
considered to be thoroughly American in thought and feeling, and captured the character
and manners of New England."