Caroline M. Kirkland Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Hart, John S. “Caroline M. Kirkland.” In The Female Prose Writers of America, pp. 105-15. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co., 1852.

Provides a brief biographical sketch of Kirkland's life at the time of publication, along with a sample of her work.

Spencer, Stacy L. “Legacy Profile: Caroline Kirkland.” Legacy 8, No. 2 (Fall 1991): 133-40.

Provides a brief summary of Kirkland's life, as well as an excerpt from A New Home.


Felton, Cornelius Conway. Review of A New Home—Who'll Follow? The North American Review L, No. CVI (January 1840): 206-23.

Offers a positive review of A New Home, including extensive excerpts from the text.

Merish, Lori. “‘The Hand of Refined Taste’ in the Frontier Landscape: Caroline Kirkland's A New Home—Who'll Follow? and the Feminization of American Consumerism.” American Quarterly 45, No. 4 (December 1993): 485-523.

In-depth exploration of the responsibilities and roles women played in developing a consumer economy on the Western frontier.

Nerber, John. Introduction to A New Home: Or Life in the Clearings, by Caroline Matilda Kirkland, pp. 3-17. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1953.

Appraises the value of Kirkland's contribution to frontier literature.

Walker, Nancy A. “Resisting American Mythologies: Individualism and Sentiment.” In The Disobedient Writer: Women and Narrative Tradition, pp. 87-117. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.

Included in this chapter is an extensive discussion of Kirkland's depiction of the woman's experience of the frontier.

———. “Caroline Kirkland (1801-1864).” In Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Denise D. Knight, pp. 286-92. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Provides a brief biography as well as a general overview of Kirkland's major works and their critical reception.

Zagarell, Sandra A. Introduction to A New Home—Who'll Follow? or, Glimpses of Western Life, by Caroline M. Kirkland, edited by Sandra A. Zagarell, pp. xi-xlvi. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990.

Offers an extensive overview of Kirkland's life and works—specifically A New Home—primarily from the perspective of her roles as a satirist and a social commentator.