Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins (1852 – 1930)

freeman2Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins

31 October 1852 – 13 March 1930

Image Information:

Photographer: Bain News Service
Source: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman Collection (#7407), Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia 

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Pertinent Archives:

Colby College Library, Special Collections (correspondence with Sarah Orne Jewett) (

Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (correspondence) (

Middlebury College, Abernathy Collection of American Literature (correspondence and drafts of writers including Freeman) (

The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives (manuscripts of short stories, including “The Coronation” and “The Witch’s Daughter”; clippings from the Pictorial Review of some of her short stories; letters to Elizabeth Garver Jordan) (

Princeton University Library, Manuscript Division (correspondence and manuscript poems) (

University of Virginia Library, Manuscripts Department (correspondence, manuscripts, photos, and other papers of women including Freeman) (



Legacy References:


Apthorp, Elaine Sargent. “Sentiment, Naturalism, and the Female Regionalist.” Legacy 7.1 (1990): 3-21.

Campbell, Donna. “Review of Judith Fetterley and Marjorie Pryse’s Writing Out of Place: Regionalism, Women, and American Literary Culture.” Legacy 21.1 (2004): 96. [LION]

Cutter, Martha. “Review of Mary R. Reichardt’s A Web of Relationship: Women in the Short Fiction of Mary Wilkins Freeman and Mary Wilkins Freeman’s The Uncollected Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman.” Legacy 10.2 (1993): 151-53.

Dwyer, Patricia M. “Diffusing Boundaries: A Study of Narrative Strategies in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s ‘The Revolt of “Mother.”‘” Legacy10.2 (1993): 120-27.

Eiselein, Gregory. “Review of ed. Jill Bergman’s Our Sisters’ Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women.” Legacy 23.2 (2006): 204-05. [LION]

Elbert, Monika M. “The Displacement of Desire: Consumerism and Fetishism in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Fiction.” Legacy 19.2 (2002): 192-215. [MUSE] [GW] [LION]

Garvey, Ellen Gruber. Legacy Reprint: “Less Work for ‘Mother’: Ruraln Readers, Farm Papers, and the Makeover of ‘The Revolt of Mother.'” Legacy 26.1 (2009): 119-35. [MUSE] [GW] [LION]

Glasser, Leah Blatt. “Review of eds. Joyce W. Warren and Margaret Dickie’s Challenging Boundaries: Gender and Periodization and ed. Monika M. Elbert’s Separate Spheres No More: Gender Convergence in American Literature, 1830-1930.” Legacy 18.2 (2001): 245-7. [GW] [LION]

Glasser, Leah Blatt. Legacy Profile: “Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.” Legacy 4.1 (1987): 37-46.

Logan, Lisa M. “Review of Stacy Alaimo’s Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space.” Legacy 18.2 (2001): 244.[GW] [LION]

Luscher, Robert M. “Review of Shirley Marchalonis’s Critical Essays on Mary Wilkins Freeman.” Legacy 10.1 (1993): 65-66.

Lutes, Jean Marie. “Review of ed. Mary R. Reichardt’s A Mary Wilkins Freeman Reader.” Legacy 15.2 (1998): 222-23. [GW] [LION]

Reichardt, Mary R. “Mary Wilkins Freeman: One Hundred Years of Criticism.” Legacy 4.2 (1987): 31-44.

Reichardt, Mary R. “Review of Leah Blatt Glasser’s In a Closet Hidden: The Life and Work of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.” Legacy 14.2 (1997): 156. [GW] [LION]

Warren, Joyce W. “Review of Ann R. Shapiro’s Unlikely Heroines: Nineteenth-Century American WomenLegacy 5.2 (1988): 66-68.


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