Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals Criticism: Women's Magazines And Gender Issues - Essay

Eleanor Wolf Thompson (essay date 1947)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Thompson, Eleanor Wolf. “The Magazines and Their Editors.” In Education for Ladies 1830-1860: Ideas on Education in Magazines for Women, pp. 1-23. Morningside Heights, N. Y.: King's Crown Press, 1947.

[In the following essay, Thompson discusses the many magazines for women in pre-Civil War America.]

The Magazine for ladies in the United States1—north, south, east, and west—in the decades before the Civil War was Godey's Lady's Book.2 Was it not named The Lady's Book, with an accent on “the” and did not the astute Mr. Godey tell his readers that it was “the book of the nation”3 and keep them informed...

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Jan Bakker (essay date fall 1984)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bakker, Jan. “Another Dilemma of an Intellectual in the Old South: Caroline Gilman, the Peculiar Institution, and Greater Rights for Women in the Rose Magazines.” The Southern Literary Journal 17, no. 1 (fall 1984): 12-25.

[In the following essay, Bakker examines the “gentle feminism” and sentimentalized support for slavery in Caroline Howard Gilman's weeklies of the 1830s.]

Although she was a Yankee by birth and education, Mrs. Caroline Howard Gilman became the best known southern female author in the antebellum United States. Largely responsible for her literary fame was the nation-wide dissemination of her popular young people's magazines printed in...

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Mary Ellen Zuckerman (essay date 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Zuckerman, Mary Ellen. “Birth of the Big Six.” In A History of Popular Women's Magazines in the United States, 1792-1995, pp. 3-23. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, portions of which were published in 1989, Zuckerman discusses the major American women's magazines of the late nineteenth century.]

Over fifty girls are employed to keep the subscription books during each day and a dozen others come to work at six p.m. and remain three hours every night.

Ladies' Home Journal, 18871

The death of Godey's Lady's Book publisher Louis...

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