Parton, Sara Payson Willis (Fanny Fern) (1811-1872)

Parton, Sara Payson Willis (Fanny Fern)

9 July 1811 – 10 Oct. 1872

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Pertinent Archives:

American Antiquarian Society (files of Olive Branch (1851-53), files of True Flag (1851-53)) (

New York Public Library (articles from New York Musical World and Times (1852-53)) (

Philadelphia Public Library (articles from Saturday Evening Post (1853-54)) (

Smith College, Sophia Smith Collection (correspondence, memorandum book, legal and business papers, descriptive bibliography of her articles, family sketches, daguerreotypes, photos, biographical studies, a school album, clippings, and articles she wrote for the New York Ledger from 1855 to 1872) (

Trinity College, Watkinson Library (articles from New York Ledger (1855-72)) (

Westbrook College (correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photos, memorabilia, and books of women including Fern) (

Legacy References:

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]

Goldsmith, Meredith. “Review of Betsy Klimasmith’s At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and Culture, 1850-1930.” Legacy 24.1 (2007): 144-45. [LION]

Greenwood, Grace. Legacy Reprint: “Women Writers on Women Writing: From Eminent Women of the Age (1868), ‘Fanny Fern–Mrs. Parton.'” Legacy 5.2 (1988): 72.

Harker, Jaime. “‘Pious Cant’ and Blasphemy: Fanny Fern’s Radicalized Sentiment.” Legacy 18.1 (2001): 52-64. [GW] [LION]

Jones, Anne Goodwyn. “Review of Mary Kelley’s Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth Century America.” Legacy 2.2 (1985): 74-75.

Lilly, Thomas. “Review of Melissa J. Homestead’s American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869 and Joyce W. Warren’s Women, Money, and the Law: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gender, and the Courts.” Legacy 24.1 (2007): 138-40. [LION]

Logan, Lisa. “Review of Nancy A. Walker’s The Disobedient Writer: Women and Narrative Tradition.” Legacy 14.1 (1997): 66. [GW] [LION]

Marchalonis, Shirley. “Review of Joyce W. Warren’s Fanny Fern: An Independent Woman.” Legacy 10.2 (1993): 148-49.

Robbins, Sarah. “Review of Mary Kelley’s Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic/Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South and Catherine Kerrison’s Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South.” Legacy 25.1 (2008): 162-64. [LION]

Sofer, Naomi Z. “Review of Deborah Barker’s Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist and Linda M. Grasso’s The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women’s Literature in America, 1820-1860.” Legacy 20.1 (2003): 211-12. [GW] [LION]

Warren, Joyce W. “Fanny Fern’s Rose Clark.” Legacy 8.2 (1991): 92-103.

Warren, Joyce W. Legacy Profile: “Fanny Fern, 1811-1872.” Legacy 2.2 (1985): 54-60.

Zagarell, Sandra A. Review of Rutgers University Press American Women Writers Series. Legacy 4.2 (1987): 62-66.