Department

English

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2002

Abstract

In an 1830s review of Lydia Maria Child's Good Wives published in Sarah Hale's Ladies' Magazine, the enthusiastic commentator quoted above sets Child's latest book within a thriving literary culture that values didactic literature. Acknowledging the importance of a genre I call the domestic literacy narrative, the reviewer confidently asserts that "the prevalent rage for reading" promises to promote not only familial but national well-being-promises, that is, if more books like Child's are regularly published to help train women to direct their family's reading and extract from it principles and behaviors consonant with their country's "future good."

Journal

The New England Quarterly

Journal ISSN

0028-4866

Volume

75

Issue

4

First Page

562

Last Page

591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.2307/1559860

Share

COinS