Barnes, Elizabeth. “Mothers of Seduction.” In States of Sympathy: Seduction and Democracy in the American Novel, pp. 100-14. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
Includes an investigation of Ellen's internalization of motherly love and authority in The Wide, Wide World as part of a wider discussion of maternal power and the mother-daughter bond depicted in the nineteenth-century sentimental novel.
Baym, Nina. “Susan Warner, Anna Warner, and Maria Cummins.” In Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-1870, pp. 140-74. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1978.
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