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By Gary Williams

Hungry middle reexamines the early literary occupation of Julia Ward Howe (1819--1910), top remembered because the writer of "The conflict Hymn of the Republic." Combining biographical narrative with textual research, Gary Williams reconstructs Howe's emergence as a author opposed to the backdrop of her deeply bothered marriage to Boston philanthropist Samuel Gridley Howe. between her early writings, Williams can pay specific consciousness to Passion-Flowers, a celebrated but arguable quantity of poems released in 1854, in addition to to an unpublished 400-page tale that includes a hermaphrodite as its protagonist. Williams indicates how this latter paintings, startling in its daring exploration of sexual ambiguities, displays Howe's attempt to return to phrases together with her husband's intimate attachment to the popular abolitionist Charles Sumner. the result's a desirable cultural biography that not just complements Howe's acceptance as a author but additionally enriches our realizing of the middle-class international of Victorian New England.

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