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Emily Hamilton and Other Writings
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Sukey Vickery’s Emily Hamilton is an epistolary novel dealing with the courtship and marriages of three women. Originally published in 1803, it is one of the earliest examples of realist fiction in America and a departure from other novels at the turn of the nineteenth century. From the outset its author intended it as a realist project, never delving into the overly sentimental plotting or characterization present in much of the writing of Vickery’s contemporaries. Emily Hamilton explores from a decidedly feminine perspective the idea of a woman’s right to choose her own spouse and the importance of female friendship. Vickery’s characterization of women further diverges from the typical eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century didactic of the righteous/sinful woman and depicts, instead, believable female characters exhibiting true-to-life behavior.
 
A presentation of this novel accompanied by Vickery’s poetry, letters, a diary fragment, and a few nineteenth-century responses to her work, Emily Hamilton and Other Writings is the first complete collection of Vickery’s writings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-lii
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  1. Emily Hamilton
  2. pp. 1-154
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  1. Poems Published in the Massachusetts Spy
  2. p. 155
  1. LINES, Addressed to JOHN ADAMS, ESQ. late PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES
  2. pp. 157-158
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  1. BEAUTY
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. Address to PIETY
  2. pp. 160-131
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  1. Character of a Young Lady
  2. p. 162
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  1. To FIDELIA [1]
  2. p. 163
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  1. To THEODORUS
  2. pp. 164-165
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  1. Resignation
  2. p. 166
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  1. To the Memory of Miss H. who departed this life on the 6th of July, after a short illness
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. To FIDELIA [2]
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. To THEODORUS
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. Evening Reflections
  2. pp. 173-175
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  1. [While fair FIDELIA, favorite of the Nine]
  2. p. 176
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  1. To EUGENE
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. To FIDELIA [3]
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. To THEODORUS
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. To CONTENT
  2. p. 183
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  1. Lines, Occasioned by the Death of Miss E****
  2. pp. 184-185
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  1. Summer
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. [Where the high spreading branches exclude Phoebus’ beams]
  2. p. 188
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  1. Sonnet to FIDELIA
  2. p. 189
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  1. To FREDERIC
  2. p. 190
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  1. Unpublished Manuscripts
  2. p. 191
  1. Ode for the New year. Jan. 1st, 1784.
  2. pp. 193-195
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  1. [Letter to Adeline Hartwell]
  2. pp. 196-199
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  1. Written after reading some very elegant extracts from Campbell’s pleasures of hope. 28 Address to Hope.
  2. p. 200
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  1. A tale for those who deal in the marvelous
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. [Why was I born devoid of evry charm]
  2. p. 203
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  1. [Ask rather, why the fates ordain’d it so]
  2. p. 204
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  1. To Adelaide—
  2. p. 205
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  1. [Letter to Isaiah Thomas Junior]
  2. p. 206
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  1. [Journal]
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. Appendix 1: Tribute to Merit
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. Appendix 2: [Review of Emily Hamilton]
  2. p. 211
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-221
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 223-224
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