Biographies & Memoirs

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe: A Biography

Julia Ward (1819–1910) was a heiress and aspiring poet when she married Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an internationally-acclaimed pioneer in the education of the blind. Together the Howes knew many of the key figures of their era, from Charles Dickens to John Brown. But he also wasted her inheritance, isolated and discouraged her, and opposed her literary ambitions. Julia persisted, and continued to publish poems and plays while raising six children.

Authorship of the Battle Hymn of the Republic made her celebrated and revered. But Julia was also continuing to fight a civil war at home; she became a pacifist, suffragist, and world traveler. She came into her own as a tireless campaigner for women’s rights and social reform. Esteemed author Elaine Showalter tells the story of Howe’s determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame.

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. THE PRINCESS IN THE CASTLE

Chapter 2. THE KNIGHT-ERRANT

Chapter 3. THE HERO AND THE BELLE

Chapter 4. MARRIAGE AND MATERNITY

Chapter 5. ROME AGAIN, HOME AGAIN

Chapter 6. PASSION-FLOWERS

Chapter 7. THE SECRET SIX

Chapter 8. THE CIVIL WAR

Chapter 9. A NEW WORLD

Chapter 10. THE WOMAN’S DEPARTMENT

Chapter 11. THE ELEVENTH HOUR

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