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Dinah Birch: Elizabeth Stoddard, Crusader against Duty, 9 October 2003

by Elizabeth Stoddard, edited by Susanne Opfermann and Yvonne Roth.
Northeastern, 238 pp., £14.50, April 2003, 1 55553 563 1
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... No one knows what a literary ambition I had, nor how my failure has broken me,’ Elizabeth Stoddard wrote in 1876. She was 53, and knew she was not going to be numbered among the great American writers of her generation. The gloomy and self-dramatising tone is characteristic. In fact she was exceptionally robust, and nothing could break her ...

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