By Helen Deese

ISBN-10: 0807050342

ISBN-13: 9780807050347

ISBN-10: 0807050350

ISBN-13: 9780807050354

In nineteenth-century Boston, amidst the preferred lecturing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the chat groups led through Margaret Fuller, sat a striking younger lady, Caroline Healey Dall (1822-1912): transcendentalist, early feminist, author, reformer, and, maybe most significantly, lively diarist. through the seventy-five years that Dall saved a diary, she captured the entire attention-grabbing info of her occasionally agonizing own existence, and she or he additionally wrote approximately the entire significant figures who surrounded her. Her diary, filling forty-five volumes, is likely to be the longest operating diary ever written via any American and the main entire account of a nineteenth-century woman's lifestyles.

In Daughter of Boston, pupil Helen Deese has painstakingly combed via those diaries and created a unmarried attention-grabbing quantity of Dall's observations, judgments, descriptions, and reactions.

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I have been wondering what it is that raises my spirits, and encourages me in the task which I have undertaken? Certainly neither father nor mother, brother nor sister, have ever expressed any interest in what I have written, or ever desired to read anything I have published,— It is strange, I think I should take pride, & pleasure in the virtuous endeavors of a child of mine—and this apathy, this indifference breeds coldness—on my side, and there is no sympathy between me, and my parents. My mother oftentimes expresses harsh disapproval of my love of study, and her daily life seems to express but one wish—that I were as fond of housewifery as my sister Ellen.

When Peabody urged her to make her journal one of thought rather than of feeling, she was dismayed by the criticism, but didn’t change her practice of using her journal as an instrument of emotional catharsis. When Peabody chided her for her inappropriate behavior at Fuller’s conversations—her boldness, as – i  a young outsider, in participating so freely—Healey refused to concede the point. Even the formidable Fuller, who intimidated almost everyone, did not intimidate Healey. Although Healey did not have to learn self-confidence from the Transcendentalists—her father had fostered this in her by having her develop and defend her own views—they served in various other ways to mark her growth into the woman she became.

In the interest of readability,I have regularized Dall’s apostrophe usage,corrected her rare misspellings, and spelled out her abbreviations. In the occasional cases in which the author’s punctuation might lead to misreading, I have supplied other punctuation. I have also silently deleted quotation marks in passages where Dall, to mark a quotation of several lines, used quotation marks at the beginning of each line of text. These have been reduced to the current convention of quotation marks at the beginning and end of the quoted passage.

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