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Mary Telfair to Mary Few: Selected Letters, 1802-1844 (The Publications of the Southern Texts Society) Hardcover – September 15, 2007


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Wood has undertaken significant work in tough archival sources for this volume, and the results are illuminating and satisfying. These letters open a fascinating intellectual, social, and emotional world. The volume will make an excellent addition to the literature on women’s lives and planter class values in the early national South.

(Steven M. Stowe author of Intimacy and Power in the Old South: Ritual in the Lives of the Planters)

This collection's richness lies in the unparalleled length of its view. Mary Telfair's letters to her close friend show how the interests and activities of one privileged woman changed and evolved over time, as religion and family responsibilities loomed ever larger.

(Jane Turner Censer author of The Reconstruction of White Southern Womanhood, 1865-1895)

Telfair's ruminations on men ('the Insipids'), marriage ('married life requires a double portion of energy'), and motherhood ('a very difficult task') illuminate women's reasons for remaining single, while her reflections on her daily activities suggest the rewards of single life. . . . Mary Telfair's letters are a valuable―and now, thanks to editor Betty Wood, a readily accessible―source for those interested in learning about the daily lives and inner worlds of single women in the antebellum South.

(Anya Jabour Journal of Southern History)

The letters in this collection offer a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the social and intellectual life of a wealthy southern woman in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although only Telfair's half of that long correspondence has survived, the 142 letters selected for this volume provide a particularly rich report on the social and emotional dimensions of elite female friendship. . . . Wood's introduction and annotations make these letters a terrific source for scholars and readers intersted in southern and women's history.

(Register of the Kentucky Historical Society)

About the Author

Betty Wood is a reader in American history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. She is the author of several books, including Gender, Race, and Rank in a Revolutionary Age, Women's Work, Men's Work, and Slavery in Colonial America, 1619-1776.
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