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Atlantic CitizensNineteenth-Century American Writers at Work in the World$
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Leslie Eckel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669370

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669370.001.0001

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The Professional Pilgrim: Greenwood Sells The Transatlantic Experience

The Professional Pilgrim: Greenwood Sells The Transatlantic Experience

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(p.127) Chapter 5 The Professional Pilgrim: Greenwood Sells The Transatlantic Experience
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Atlantic Citizens
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Leslie Elizabeth Eckel

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669370.003.0006

Sara Jane Clarke Lippincott, writing under the name ‘Grace Greenwood,’ challenged the domestic literary agenda of American publishers in the 1850s by drawing on her European experiences in a popular series of periodical and book publications. This now critically neglected friend and literary rival of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s once shocked him with her success, leading him to equate female ambition such as hers with prostitution, the world’s oldest profession. In her travel writing, Greenwood dealt in comic stereotypes rather than in the moral and philosophical exchanges that vitally engaged her peers. As the founding editor of The Little Pilgrim, a magazine for children, and the creator of a ‘juvenile public’ sphere, she displayed a fervent faith in both the educational value and the commercial power of transatlantic experience.

Keywords:   Greenwood, Grace, Hawthorne, Nathaniel, Europe, Travel, Periodicals, Public sphere, The Little Pilgrim, Children, Domesticity

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