A House of Her Own

Women Writers of New England and Their Homes

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About the Book

Since the founding of the United States, women have picked up their pens to write and express their ideas, affording them independence and self-sufficiency in days when they had little. By way of their poetry, essays, advice columns, investigative journalism and more, women like Helen Keller, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Shirley Jackson wrote not only to entertain and inform, but often to simply keep a roof over their heads.
This text offers a unique examination of female New England writers, focusing on their homes. The women wrote in many genres and became literary entrepreneurs, bargaining with editors for higher fees and royalties, participating in marketing campaigns, and seeking advice and help. The homes women bought with their earnings included cottages, suburban houses, farms, and an occasional mansion. Whether modest or luxurious, these houses provided the “room of her own” that Virginia Woolf said every woman needs in order to write. Sometimes that room was an elegant study, and sometimes a corner of the kitchen.

About the Author(s)

After retiring from the history department at Arizona State University, Beth Luey moved to Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and began writing about historic houses. This is her fourth book in this genre, and the first to focus on women.

Bibliographic Details

Beth Luey
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9224-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5147-7
Imprint: McFarland