This volume gathers more than one hundred letters-most of them
previously unpublished-written by Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814).
Warren, whose works include a three-volume history of the American
Revolution as well as plays and poems, 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.
Until now, Warren's letters have 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. As they flesh out our view of
Warren and correct some misconceptions about her, 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.
Letters Warren sent to other women who had lost family members
(Warren herself lost three children) reveal her sympathies; letters
to a favorite son, Winslow, show her sharing her ambitions with a
child who resisted her advice. What readers of other Warren letters
may have only sensed about her is now revealed more fully: she was
a woman of considerable intellect, religious faith, compassion,
literary intelligence, and acute sensitivity to the historical
moment of even everyday events in the new American republic.
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