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Author Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.

Title The hermaphrodite / Julia Ward Howe ; edited and with an introduction by Gary Williams.

Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Item Status

Description 1 online resource (xlvi, 208 pages).
Series Legacies of nineteenth-century American women writers
Legacies of nineteenth-century American women writers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified MiAaHDL
Summary "Written in the 1840s and published here for the first time, Julia Ward Howe's novel about a hermaphrodite is unlike anything of its time - or, in truth, of our own. Narrated by Laurence, who is raised and lives as a man, is loved by men and women alike, and can respond to neither, this unconventional story explores the understanding "that fervent hearts must borrow the disguise of art, if they would win the right to express, in any outward form, the internal fire that consumes them." Laurence describes his repudiation by his family, his involvement with an attractive widow, his subsequent wanderings and eventual attachment to a sixteen-year-old boy, his own tutelage by a Roman nobleman and his sisters, and his ultimate reunion with his early love. His is a story unique in nineteenth-century American letters, at once a remarkable reflection of a largely hidden inner life and a richly imagined tale of coming of age at odds with one's culture." "Howe wrote The Hermaphrodite when her own marriage was challenged by her husband's affection for another man - and when prevailing notions regarding a woman's appropriate role in patriarchal structures threatened Howe's intellectual and emotional survival. The novel allowed Howe, and will now allow her readers, to occupy a speculative realm that was otherwise inaccessible in her historical moment."--Jacket.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Processing Action digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve MiAaHDL
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Subject Gender identity -- Fiction.
Intersexuality -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Psychological fiction.
Electronic books.
Psychological fiction.
Added Author Williams, Gary, 1947 May 6-
Other Form: Print version: Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910. Hermaphrodite. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2004 080322415X (DLC) 2004009187 (OCoLC)55085718
ISBN 0803204272 (electronic bk.)
9780803204270 (electronic bk.)
080322415X (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780803224155 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Sudoc No. U5002 T013 .0001 -2004