Whittier and His Elizabeths
John Greenleaf Whittier lived in a time of male dominance and superiority in society, he had great respect for women. In his personal experience, the women in his lives gave him the love and support, the wit and intellectual challenge, the discipline and spirituality that led to the deepest and most satisfying relationships he had. He mentored women writers and supported the women’s suffrage movement.
In this book, Ben Pickard, Whittier scholar and great-grand-nephew of the poet, focuses on Whittier’s relationships with his youngest sister, niece and two Quaker friends— all named Elizabeth—and their impact on him.
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