Sedgwick, Catharine Maria (1789 -1867)

28 Dec. 1789 – 31 July 1867

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Pertinent Archives:

Barnard College Library (correspondence and manuscripts) (
The New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives (correspondence with William Cullen Bryant and Parke Godwin) (
Stockbridge Library Association (correspondence, drafts, clippings about, and photos and an engraving of Sedgwick) (
University of California, San Diego, Mandeville Department of Special Collections (letters to James A. O’Neill) (

Legacy References:

Avallone, Charlene. “Catharine Sedgwick and the Circles of New York.” Legacy 23.2 (2006):  115-131. [LION]

Bauermeister, Erica R. “The Lamplighter, The Wide, Wide World, and Hope Leslie: Reconsidering the Recipes for Nienteenth-Century American Women’s Novels.” Legacy 8.1 (1991):  17-28.

Block, Shelley R., and Etta M. Madden “Science in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Legacy 20.1 (2003):  22-37. [GW]  [LION]

Castiglia, Christopher. “In Praise of Extra-vagant Women: Hope Leslie and the Captivity Romance.” Legacy 6.2 (1989):  3-16.

Dobson, Joanne, and Judith Fetterley. “Nineteenth-Century American Novel: A Revised Syllabus.” Legacy 1.1 (1984):  6.

Emerson, Amanda. “History, Memory, and the Echoes of Equivalence in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Legacy 24.1 (2007):  24-49. [LION]

Ford, Douglas. “Inscribing the ‘impartial observer’ in Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Legacy 14.2 (1997):  81-92. [GW]  [LION]

Gossett, Suzanne, and Barbara Ann Bardes. “Women and Political Power in the Republic: Two Early American Novels.” Legacy 2.2 (1985):  13-30.

Higonnet, Margaret R. “Comparative Reading: Catharine M. Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Legacy 15.1 (1998):  17-22. [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.

Kelley, Mary. Legacy Profile:  “Catharine Maria Sedgwick, 1789-1867.” Legacy 6.2 (1989):  43-50.

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

Lubovich, Maglina. “‘Married or Single?’: Catharine Maria Sedgwick on Old Maids, Wives, and Marriage.” Legacy 25.1 (2008):  23-40. [LION]

Miller, Quentin. “‘A tyrannical democratic force’: The Symbolic and Cultural Function of Clothing Symbolism in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Legacy 19.2 (2002):  121-36. [GW]  [LION]

Nelson, Robert K. “Review of Ivy Schweitzer’s Perfecting Friendship: Politics and Affiliation in Early American Literature.” Legacy 25.1 (2008):  164-66. [LION]

Nettels, Elsa. “Review of ed. Mary Kelly’s The Power of Her Sympathy: The Autobiography and Journal of Catherine Maria Sedgwick.” Legacy 12.2 (1995):  155-56.

Ousley, Laurie. “The Business of Housekeeping: The Mistress, the Domestic Worker, and the Construction of Class.” Legacy 23.2 (2006):  132-47. [LION]

Ross, Cheri Louise. “Review of eds. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements’s Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives.” Legacy 21.2 (2004):  246. [MUSE]  [LION]

Samuels, Shirley. “Review of Mary Louise Kete’s Sentimental Collaborations: Mourning and Middle-Class Identity in Nineteenth-Century America and Lori Merish’s Sentimental Materialism.” Legacy 18.2 (2001):  250. [GW]  [LION]

Segwick, Catharine Maria. Legacy Reprint:  “Women Writers on Women Writing: From the Journal of Catharine Maria Sedgwick.” Legacy 6.2 (1989):  57-58.

Smith, Gail K. “Review of Dorothy Z. Baker’s America’s Gothic Fiction: The Legacy of Magnalia Christi Americana.” Legacy 26.1 (2009):  177-78. [MUSE]  [GW]  [LION]

Steinberg, Stacey A. “‘Unexpected and Inconvenient Notice’: Domestic Entrapment and Servant Infidelity in The Coopers and Live and Let Live.” Legacy 15.1 (1998):  85-91. [GW]  [LION]

Templin, Mary. “Panic Fiction: Women’s Responses to Antebellum Economic Crisis.” Legacy 21.1 (2004):  1-16. [LION]

Voeller, Carey R. “Review of Annamaria Formichella Elsden’s Roman Fever: Domesticity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing.” Legacy 25.1 (2008):  170-71. [LION]

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