Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters

TitleMercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWarren, Mercy Otis, and Jeffrey H. Richards
Number of Pages279
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
CityAthens, GA

This volume gathers more than 100 letters written by Mercy Otis Warren (1728–1814). Warren was a major literary figure of her era and one of the most important American women writers of the eighteenth century. Her correspondents included Martha and George Washington, Abigail and John Adams, and Catharine Macaulay. Before this volume, Warren's letters had been published sporadically, in small numbers, and mainly to help complete the collected correspondence of some of the famous men to whom she wrote. This volume addresses that imbalance by focusing on Warren's letters to her family members and other women. The letters offer a wealth of insights into eighteenth-century American culture, including social customs, women's concerns, political and economic conditions, medical issues, and attitudes on child rearing. They reveal a woman of considerable intellect, religious faith, compassion, literary intelligence, and acute sensitivity to the historical moment.

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