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  • From the Periodical Archives:Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, "The Rejected Manuscript"
  • The Rejected Manuscript
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward


1. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, "The Rejected Manuscript," Harper's New Monthly Magazine 86 (January 1893): 282-92; reprinted in The Empty House and Other Stories (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910), 238-73.

2. The most comprehensive bibliography of Phelps's work remains that in Mary Angela Bennett, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1939), 139-59.

3. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, Chapters from a Life (Boston: Houghton and Mifflin, 1896), 76.

4. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward to William Hayes Ward, August 5, 1893, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward Papers (MSS 229), Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

5. In one of the few critical readings of this story, Anne Boyd emphasizes a more univocal reading of the image, claiming that this illustration is a "potent image of the lifeless woman writer, killed by neglect and the exhaustion of motherhood" that "remains the dominant one of the story" (Writing for Immortality: Women and the Emergence of High Literary Culture in America [Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004], 176). See also Susan S. Williams, Reclaiming Authorship: Literary Women in America, 1850-1900 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming). [End Page 205]



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