Ruth Hall
Ruth Hall           -     By: Fanny Fern
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In Ruth Hall, Fanny Fern drew heavily on her own experiences: the death of her first child and her beloved husband, a bitter estrangement from her critical and unsupportive family, and her struggle to make a living as a writer. Her heroine, too, suffers an early widowhood and is forced to create a life that defies traditional assumptions about a woman's independence and her place in society. Although Fern herself eventually remarried, she chooses a different path for Ruth, and eschewing the usual "happy ending" wedding expected by readers of the popular fiction of the period, presents a new kind of heroine: a single mother who enjoys a successful career as a journalist, a comfortable income, and a formidable bank account. Written as a series of short vignettes and snatches of overheard conversations, Ruth Hall is a unconventional in style as in substance and is strikingly modern in impact.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0140436405
ISBN-13: 9780140436402

Publisher's Description

In Ruth Hall, one of the bestselling novels of the 1850s, Fanny Fern drew heavily on her own experiences: the death of her first child and her beloved husband, a bitter estrangement from her family, and her struggle to make a living as a writer. Written as a series of short vignettes and snatches of overheard conversations, it is as unconventional in style as in substance and strikingly modern in its impact.

Author Bio

Fanny Fern was born Sara Willis in 1811. She was an American newspaper columnist, humorist, novelist, and author of children's books in the 1850s through the 1870s. Fern's popularity is attributed to her conversational style that struck a chord with her intellectual female readers. Some of her published works include Ruth Hall, Fanny Ford, Rose Clark, Little Fern's for Fanny's Little Friends, The Play-Day Book, and The New Story Book for Children. 

Susan Belasco is professor emerita of English and women’s studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She edited Margaret Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes and Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall, and coedited several collections of essays and anthologies of American literature, including The Bedford Anthology of American Literature, Volumes I and II, and Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays.

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