Ruth Hall and Other Writings

Ruth Hall and Other Writings By Fanny Fern Joyce W. Warren, Ruth Hall and Other Writings When Ruth Hall was originally published in it caused a sensation In it Fanny Fern Sara Payson Willis Parton portrays a mid nineteenth century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her
  • Title: Ruth Hall and Other Writings
  • Author: Fanny Fern Joyce W. Warren
  • ISBN: 9780813511689
  • Page: 102
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  • Ruth Hall and Other Writings By Fanny Fern Joyce W. Warren, When Ruth Hall was originally published in 1855, it caused a sensation In it, Fanny Fern Sara Payson Willis Parton portrays a mid nineteenth century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her own becoming the incarnation of the American individualist regarded at that time as a role designed exclusively for men Based on the author s life, the novel reflects herWhen Ruth Hall was originally published in 1855, it caused a sensation In it, Fanny Fern Sara Payson Willis Parton portrays a mid nineteenth century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her own becoming the incarnation of the American individualist regarded at that time as a role designed exclusively for men Based on the author s life, the novel reflects her spirit of practical feminism that a woman was only truly independent when she was financially independent.Fanny Fern was one of the most popular American writers of the mid nineteenth century, the first woman newspaper columnist in the United States, and the most highly paid newspaper writer of her day This volume gathers together for the first time almost one hundred selections of her best work as a journalist Writing on such taboo subjects as prostitution, venereal disease, divorce, and birth control, Fern stripped the fa ade of convention from some of society s most sacred institutions, targeting cant and hypocrisy, pretentiousness and pomp.Fern portrays a mid nineteenth century woman who becomes the incarnartion of the American individualist, something regarded as exclusively for men.
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    1. Fanny Fern Joyce W. Warren

      Fanny Fern, born Sara Willis July 9, 1811 October 10, 1872 , was an American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children s stories in the 1850s 1870s Fern s great popularity has been attributed to her conversational style and sense of what mattered to her mostly middle class female readers By 1855, Fern was the highest paid columnist in the United States, commanding 100 per week for her New York Ledger column.A collection of her columns published in 1853 sold 70,000 copies in its first year Her best known work, the fictional autobiography Ruth Hall 1854 , has become a popular subject among feminist literary scholars.

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    1. NOTE This about the NOVEL only, and not the Other writings If ever there was a pioneer in women s rights and feminism, Fanny Fern born Sara Willis was she And if ever there was a book that was the cornerstone of such movements, Ruth Hall 1854 is it Sure, there had been others before her, but Fern made such a statement with all her writings, and became so popular among women and men, that she must have at least made a huge impact in that step towards women s independency, and her fictional autobi [...]


    2. I m delighted to have discovered Fanny Fern Her novel is a humorous satire of American antebellum society, championing the wrongs of womanhood through the courage and endurance of the heroine Ruth Hall Fern cleverly uses characters own speech against themselves, through the sympathy the reader feels for Ruth Fern s portrayal of women writers was particularly interesting, in the apparent contradictions between Ruth s opinion of writing, the portrayal of Ruth as a writer, and Fern s own authorship [...]


    3. This book is surprisingly good Before reading it, I had the mistaken impression that Fanny Fern was an old fashioned sentimental writer who encouraged women to be happy homemakers WRONG Quite the opposite Ms Fern a pseudonym actually wrote about encouraging women to be financially independent and work outside the home, and had the real life experience that pushed her to write about that subject Her husband died young, leaving her with children to support, and neither her own family nor her husba [...]


    4. Despite the prologue of this book insisting that it would not stand with real novels to me this book far superseded all other sentimental fiction I have read The melodramatic language and imagery was wonderfully sarcastic, though there were very poignant moments sprinkled throughout the text Fanny Fern is one of the most important writers in American history, and this book will always be worth reading if only because it gives an excellent glimpse into female life during the mid nineteenth centur [...]


    5. This book contains the 1854 novel Ruth Hall, as well as the author s newspaper columns.Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Payson Willis, who was the first female columnist in America, and for a time the highest paid journalist I checked out this book to read her columns, which were straight spoken and very progressive for her era Definitely worth a perusal.


    6. Dickensian in theme, my biggest problem with this book are the spiteful soliloquies Fern has some of her characters make The characters seem to be concerned with making the reader see what horrid human beings they are rather than communicating with the other characters It has a feel good ending and is what I would classify as chick lit I find merit in the fact that Fern could address social issues without being too preachy unlike Stowe s Uncle Tom s Cabin.


    7. i really enjoyed the continual shifting of the narrative voice between first, second and third person This was really effective in characterisation and narrative However, the story dragged considerably and was often to concerned with fitting into the mould of 19th century writing The end was drawn out to horrendous lengths.


    8. I loved this book The non linear omniscient 3rd person narration keeps you on your toes and serves a clear purpose for the narrative Fern s semi autobiographical parallels make for an uplifting and empowering tale that shatters the gender roles of the mid 19th century, and surely has resonance today.


    9. If 19th century print culture isn t your cup of tea, this book probably won t do a whole lot for you If it is, however, the autobiographical Ruth Hall is rather interesting, not merely for its account of the publishing world but also for its exploration of the power dynamics at work within it, and the notions of authorship that arise as a result.


    10. If you re reading this, you re probably reading it to understand American domestic and sentimental fiction of the 19th century But why do you want to do that at the cost of your precious time here on earth Go read a novel you ll actually enjoy


    11. If you think your family is bad, especially the in laws, the one in this book have got you beat I like sentimental when it is so over the top that it makes fun of itself but sentimental that tries to be serious and have a moral message is not my cup of tea.


    12. I ve read this before, but I have to say, now that I m married and have a kid, I find the whole baby husband dying, single destitute mom thing to be much of a bummer Nothing quite so witty as a novel by Fanny Fern though.


    13. Anyone interested in women s writing in the 19th century has probably read this And if you haven t, shame on you


    14. Too biased perhaps in some respects I felt at times but a brilliant book otherwise, got me very enraged at Ruth s treatment.





    15. Dated in style but the story both in and behind the book is one that merits reading and understanding Read the introduction and you will understand the book s humor.






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