SOURCE: "Women in the American Novel," in Women: A Feminist Perspective, edited by Jo Freeman, Mayfield Publishing Company, 1975, pp. 279-92.
[In the following essay, Snow examines the evolution of female characterization in American literature from the embodiment of goodness and purity to that of conniving temptress.]
In 1852 Melville described Lucy Tartan in Pierre:
.. . her cheeks were tinted with the most delicate white and red, the white predominating. Her eyes some god brought down from heaven; her hair was Danae's, spangled with Jove's shower; her teeth were dived for in the...
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