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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

This is a study of the emotional lives of adolescent and adult women in the United States in the early twentieth century. We assume that culture plays an important role in shaping the emotions of individuals. Consequently, we have relied on the work of cultural and social historians...

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1. Self and Emotion in the Early Twentieth Century

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pp. 1-16

In February 1918 Viola White, a graduate of Wellesley College working as a clerk typist in New York City, attended a revival given by the evangelist William Biedernolf. An Episcopalian and a socialist, White probably attended out of curiosity. Her journal entry on the event mixes...

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2. Flaming Youth

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pp. 17-52

By age fourteen Beth Twiggar, growing up in Ossining, New York, began writing diary entries that she believed would shock her middle-class parents. For instance, in February 1928 she wrote, "In bed, with cold cream smeared all over my face, nonchalantly smoking a cigarette."...

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3. The Single Woman

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pp. 53-86

In 1919 eighteen-year-old Gladys Bell began keeping the diaries and journals that would record her emotional life for the next sixty years. She grew up on a farm in southwestern Pennsylvania and by age eighteen had earned a teaching certificate. The first few pages of Bell's first diary...

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4. The Flapper Wife

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pp. 87-116

Shortly after she married Lorin Thompson in 1924, writer Winifred Willis came to believe that she was fundamentally unsuited to marriage. Although she loved her husband passionately, she found that the harmony and intimacy of their courtship and first weeks of marriage quickly...

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5. The Silver Cord

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pp. 117-150

"One of my favorite fancies is that during my college years I have been training for parenthood," Martha Lavell reflected during her senior year at the University of Minnesota. Although in some sense Lavell's fancy held true for many women who expected to marry during or shortly...

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6. The Fountain

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pp. 151-170

In 1930 twenty-year-old Ruth Raymond entered a period of emotional difficulty that would last for over five years. Her suffering centered around feelings of inadequacy and anxiety which surfaced in relation to her college work, first at Mt. Holyoke and later at Radcliffe. After withdrawing...

Notes

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pp. 171-206

Index

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pp. 207-212

About the Authors, Back Cover

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pp. 213-215