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1 Growing Up in Boston's Gilded Age: The Journal of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1872-1874  Blackwell, Alice Stone; Merrill, Marlene Deahl (editor)
0300047770 / 9780300047776 Very Good.  
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1990 Yale. Very clean; no marks; pages and jacket bright; binding tight. Only light wear. 270pp, Index, Bibliography, photos, illustrations. Language: English. 'In 1872, when Alice Stone Blackwell was 14 years old, she began a diary. The only child of women's rights leaders Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell, Alice was a lively, wilful, intellectually precocious girl who tried to carve out her own identity while growing up in the midst of the strong personalities and commitments of her family and their Boston circle. Her two year journal, edited, annotated, and introduced by Marlene Deahl Merrill, is both an account of adolescence and a historically significant document about the popular culture, family life and reform issues of the Victorian era. Alice describes Boston's problems of traffic, commuting and crime, the everyday routines of her upper-middle class homelife (emptying slops, making pie tarts and chemises, and trying home remedies for various ailments), and her school activities, classmates, and teachers. She depicts important suffrage and literary events that she attends with her family, and she bristles with opinions on the many notables who were her parents' friends. We meet unpleasant looking Louisa May Alcott and learn that she wears a corset (and is thus on the wrong side of the dress reform issue); we hear that William Lloyd Garrison's warmth and love of cats appeal to Alice so much that she turns to his poetry to know him better. Through this diary we see Alice developing from an awkward adolescent to a more self-possessed young woman while facing many of the same concerns and feelings that beset young people today. We also see the roots of her later adult career as a formidable editor, suffragist, and social activist.'--from the publisher.  
Price: 25.00 USD
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