The Cultural Work of the Late Nineteenth-Century Hostess

Annie Adams Fields and Mary Gladstone Drew

  • Authors
  • Susan K. Harris

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Susan K. Harris
    Pages 27-49
  3. Susan K. Harris
    Pages 51-71
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 155-192

About this book

Introduction

The Cultural Work of the Late Nineteenth-Century Hostess explores the influence well-placed, energetic women had on literary and political culture in the U.S. and in England in the years 1870-1920. Fields, an American, was first married to James T. Fields, a prominent Boston publisher; after his death she became companion to Sarah Orne Jewett, one of the foremost New England writers. Gladstone was a daughter of William Gladstone, one of Great Britain's most famous Prime Ministers. Both became well known as hostesses, entertaining the leading figures of their day; both also kept journals and wrote letters in which they recorded those figures' conversations. Susan K. Harris reads these records to exhibit the impact such women had on the cultural life of their times. The Cultural Work of the Late Nineteenth-Century Hostess shows how Fields and Gladstone negotiated alliances, won over key figures to their parties' designs, and fought to develop major cultural institutions ranging from the Organization of Boston Charities to London's Royal College of Music.

Keywords

America culture women

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