Writing in the Sphere of Domesticity: Lydia Maria Child’s Works for Women and Children

Frontispiece from Letters of Lydia Maria Child, by Lydia Maria Child, collected and arranged by Harriet Winslow Sewall. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1883. Via HathiTrust / public domain. Biography Lydia Maria Child was a prolific American writer who had a profound influence in the nineteenth century and beyond. Born in Massachusetts in 1802, Child … Continue reading Writing in the Sphere of Domesticity: Lydia Maria Child’s Works for Women and Children

The Girls’ Own Book

Frontispiece and title page, Lydia Maria Child, The Girls' Own Book. New York: Clark, Austin & Company, 1833. Images from the University of North Carolina Libraries via HathiTrust. During the nineteenth century, literature was a male-dominated field—written by and for men. Although a small subset of books for and by women did exist, those books … Continue reading The Girls’ Own Book