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Ellen Glasgow

(1873-1945 / USA)

Ellen Glasgow
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Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (April 22, 1873 - November 21, 1945) was an American novelist. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she published her first novel when she was 24 years old. Glasgow's first novel, The Descendant (1897) was written in secret and published anonymously. She destroyed part of the manuscript after her mother died in 1893. The work was delayed after her brother-in-law and intellectual mentor, George McCormack, died the following year. It was not until absorbing the losses of these two deaths that she returned to her novel, completing it in 1895. The novel features an emancipated heroine who seeks passion rather than marriage. Although it was published anonymously, the novel's... more »

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  • Surely one of the peculiar habits of circumstances is the way they follow, in their eternal recurrence, a single course. If an event happens once in a life, it may be depended upon to repeat later its...
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 11 (1954). Written in 1944.
  • ...I had grown up in a world that was dominated by immature age. Not by vigorous immaturity, but by immaturity that was old and tired and prudent, that loved ritual and rubric, and was utterly wanting...
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 12 (1954). Written in 1944, on growing up in Richmond, Virginia.
  • ''I waited and worked, and watched the inferior exalted for nearly thirty years; and when recognition came at last, it was too late to alter events, or to make a difference in living.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 13 (1954). Written in 1944. The important American Southern "regional" novelist wa...
  • ''A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 16 (1954). Written in 1944. Glasgow, who became a widely recognized novelist only ...
  • ''What I hated even more than the conflict was the lurid spectacle of a world of unreason.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 19 (1954). Written in 1944, near the end of World War II.
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