Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
With the publication of these revealing journals, Heidari makes an extraordinary contribution not only to our understanding of Grace King but to the complex position of southern women writers, especially after the Civil War. These diaries give dimension and hue to the rich substance at which King's fiction and public persona have so tantalizingly hinted and which have fueled recent critical interest in her work. Thanks to Heidari, our thinking about King and other nineteenth-century southern women writers is in for some refreshing adjustments.--Barbara C. Ewell "Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans "
Melissa Walker Heidari's edition of Grace King's journals should be welcomed as a great gift to all who know King's work--and as a stunning discovery to those who do not. Heidari offers ample information on King's background, ambitions, loyalties, and talent, but never overwhelms King's own words. The journals present abundant fresh information on King's life, opinions, and feelings, bringing to life a new dimension of this gifted and still inadequately appreciated writer.--Elizabeth Fox-Genovese "author of "Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South" "
"To Find My Own Peace" reveals much about the complexities of gender, race, class, and region in post-Reconstruction New Orleans. Heidari succeeds marvelously in reaching her two-fold goal: contributing to the scholarship on King and providing insight into the culture of the New South. . . . As with King's novels, short stories, and other writings, these journals, and Heidari's editing of them, are invaluable for a better understanding of the turn-of-the-century South, with all its rich complexity.--"H-Net" Book Review ("H-SAWH")
This collection is immensely enriched by the meticulous editing of Melissa Heidari. Detailed endnotes provide important contextual and historical background. The introduction blend biography with literary history and places the journals within the context of turn-of-the-century life narratives of American women. Our understanding of Grace King and her time will be greatly enriched by this edition.--"Journal of Southern History"
Effective as a primary document and as an addition to the historical literature . . . "To Find My Own Peace" is informative, insightful, and eminently readable. Heidari has made a valuable literary and historical source available to scholars and a general audience. Her remarkable efforts to resurrect the life and literature of Grace King effectively illustrate the centrality of journal writing to our understanding of the past.--"Southern Historian"
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