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Frances Newman : southern satirist and literary rebel /
Barbara Ann Wade.
imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1998.
description
xv, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0817309020 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1998.
isbn
0817309020 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
2003443
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
The titles of the only two novels Atlanta-born Newman published in her short lifetime (1883-1928)--The Hard-Boiled Virgin and Dead Lovers Are Faithful Lovers--suggest at once that their author did not fit the stereotype of the southern lady romancer. Though Newman appeared on bestseller lists alongside Hemingway, Lewis, and Glasgow, her early fame and notoriety did not translate into lasting literary acclaim. However, both novels are now back in print, and Wade (Berea College) gives readers good reason to reevaluate and appreciate Newman's daring role as "Southern satirist and literary rebel." Building on her dissertation, Wade shows how Newman, far from being intimidated by the southern genteel code she grew up with, learned to flout conventions, mix trenchant feminist social criticism with highly entertaining narratives, and develop a complex literary style that enabled her to portray with impunity what would normally be unmentionable. In addition to a thorough analysis of Newman's fiction and journalistic work, Wade provides a succinct biographical sketch, an excellent sense of Newman's cultural background, and an extensive bibliography--all well designed to help readers rediscover an almost forgotten talent. All academic and public collections. A. J. Griffith; Our Lady of the Lake University
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"Wade makes the case that Newman is an avant-garde stylist whose work must be read alongside that of Stein. In addition, Newman's comment on the South is handled with precision and insight." Kathryn Lee Seidel, University of Central Florida
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Reference & Research Book News, August 1998
Choice, November 1998
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This first biographical and literary assessment of Frances Newman highlights one of the most experimental writers of the Southern Renaissance. Novelist, translator, critic, and acerbic book reviewer Frances Newman (1883-1928) was praised by Virginia novelist James Branch Cabell and critic H. L. Mencken. Her experimental novels The Hard-Boiled Virgin (1926) and Dead Lovers Are Faithful Lovers (1928), have recently begun to receive serious critical attention, but this is the first book-length study to focus both on Newman's life and on her fiction. Frances Newman was born into a prominent Atlanta family and was educated at private schools in the South and the Northeast. Her first novel, The Hard-Boiled Virgin, was hailed by James Branch Cabell as "the most brilliant, the most candid, the most civilized, and the most profound yet written by any American woman." Cabell and H. L. Mencken became Newman's literary mentors and loyally supported her satire of southern culture, which revealed the racism, class prejudice, and religious intolerance that reinforced the idealized image of the white southern lady. Writing within a nearly forgotten feminist tradition of southern women's fiction, Newman portrayed the widely acclaimed social change in the early part of the century in the South as superficial rather than substantial, with its continued restrictive roles for women in courtship and marriage and limited educational and career opportunities. Barbara Wade explores Newman's place in the feminist literary tradition by comparing her novels with those of her contemporaries Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston, and Isa Glenn. Wade draws from Newman's personal correspondence and newspaper articles to reveal a vibrant, independent woman who simultaneously defied and was influenced by the traditional southern society she satirized in her writing.
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In the first biographical and literary assessment of writer Frances Newman (1883-1928), biographer Barbara Wade draws from Newman's personal correspondence and newspaper articles to reveal a vibrant, independent woman who simultaneously defied and was influenced by the traditional southern society she satirized in her writing.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Living as a Southern Lady and Literary Rebelp. 1
Demythologizing the Southern Ladyp. 26
Questioning Social Changep. 59
Revising Literary Conventionsp. 96
Experimenting with Novelistic Devicesp. 126
Notesp. 167
Works Citedp. 179
Indexp. 193
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