Writing Out My Heart: Selections from the Journal of Frances E. Willard, 1855-96

Writing Out My Heart Selections from the Journal of Frances E Willard The journal of Frances E Willard had been hidden away in a cupboard at the national headquarters of the Woman s Christian Temperance Union and its importance eluded Willard s biographers Writing Out

  • Title: Writing Out My Heart: Selections from the Journal of Frances E. Willard, 1855-96
  • Author: Frances E. Willard Carolyn De Swarte Gifford
  • ISBN: 9780252021398
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The journal of Frances E Willard had been hidden away in a cupboard at the national headquarters of the Woman s Christian Temperance Union, and its importance eluded Willard s biographers Writing Out My Heart publishes for the first time substantial portions of the forty nine volumes rediscovered in 1982, opening a window on the remarkable inner life of this great publicThe journal of Frances E Willard had been hidden away in a cupboard at the national headquarters of the Woman s Christian Temperance Union, and its importance eluded Willard s biographers Writing Out My Heart publishes for the first time substantial portions of the forty nine volumes rediscovered in 1982, opening a window on the remarkable inner life of this great public figure and casting her in a new light No other female political leader of the period left a private record like this Written during her teens, twenties, and fifties, the journal documents the creation of Frances Willard s self At the same time, it often reads like a good novel It stands as one of the most explicit and painful records in the nineteenth century of one woman s coming to terms with her love for women in a heterosexual world Other sections reveal what impelled Willard to reform the nature and depth of the religious dimension of her life a dimension not yet adequately explored by any biographer Here we see her growing commitment to the cause of woman The volumes written in her late middle age give insight into the years when, world famous, she was part of the transatlantic network of reform, battling ill health, dealing with controversy in the WCTU, and grieving for her mother, a lifelong figure of emotional support This finale concludes one of the most fascinating of the journal s themes the nineteenth century confrontation with sickness and death.

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    1. Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard was an American educator, temperance reformer, and women s suffragist.

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