John C. McCloskey (essay date 1956)
SOURCE: “Back-Country Folkways in Mrs. Kirkland's A New Home—Who'll Follow?,” Michigan History, Vol. 40, No. 3, September, 1956, pp. 297-308.
[In the following essay, McCloskey examines Kirkland's depiction of western settlers in A New Home. Paying special attention to her realistic style and use of satire, McCloskey notes the manner in which Kirkland differed from other writers of the era who typically chose a more sentimental approach to their subject matter.]
Backwoods life in Michigan from 1835-1836 Mrs. Caroline Matilda Stansbury Kirkland1 observed with an accuracy and a freshness which make her book of sketches A New...
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