Baym, Nina. "Susan Warner, Anna Warner, and Maria Cummins." In her Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-1870, pp. 140-74. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1978.
Biographical and critical survey of the lives and works of Cummins and the Warner sisters.
Brown, Herbert Ross. The Sentimental Novel in America 1789-1860. New York: Pageant Books, 1959, 407 p.
Provides a general history of the development of the sentimental novel from its British roots to the height of its popularity in America. The chapter "The Sentimental Compromise" is included in the...
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