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When Ruth Hall was originally published in 1855, it caused a sensation. In it, Fanny Fern (Sara Payson Willis Parton) portrays a mid-nineteenth-century woman who realizes the American Dream solely on her own becoming the incarnation of the American individualist-regarded at that time as a role designed exclusively for men. Based on the author's life, the novel reflects her spirit of practical feminism-that a woman was only truly independent when she was financially independent.Fanny Fern was one of the most popular American ...

Ruth Hall and Other Writings by Fanny Fern 1986, Rutgers University Press

ISBN-13: 9780813511689

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