A comprehensive biography of an exemplary woman, this book tells the story of Annie Adams Fields (1834-1915), one of the leading figures in nineteenth-century Boston's cultural circles. Although often defined in terms of her famous husband, publisher James T. Fields of Ticknor a Fields, she was, as this book demonstrates, a person of significant intellectual and social accomplishments in her own right. After Fields entered her remarkable companionate marriage at age twenty, she was welcomed into friendship by such eminent writers as Emerson, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Dickens. But it was not simply as a dutiful wife that she invited Emerson to lecture to a group of friends in the library of her home, or did literary research for Harriet Beecher Stowe, or advised her husband on submissions to the Atlantic Monthly. As Rita K. Gollin shows, Fields also pursued her own imperatives of self-fulfillment and service to others. A published poet, essayist, and novelist, she also wrote dozens of biographies of famous writers she had known. She founded innovative charities for Boston's poor and campaigned for women's issues, including the right to vote and to be admitted to medical schools. ThIn a sense, she had fallen in the line of duty, after aquot;doing Bostonaquot; with an English aristocrat and a needlecraft expert, and while attending the ... She also commissioned a small stained glass window from Sarah Whitman, and she bought a bust of Keats from Anne Whitney. ... still lifes, and portraits, innovative art nouveau book covers for Houghton Mifflin, and boldly colored stained glass windows.
|Title||:||Annie Adams Fields|
|Author||:||Rita K. Gollin|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Massachusetts Press - 2002|