Emily Hamilton and Other Writings
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 senti...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by University of Nebraska Press
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This book is for class but I was actually really surprised how much I enjoyed this early American novel. This is my first time being introduced to the epistolary (or letter) form of novel writing which I found really engaging; I found myself feeling a little bit like I had found a box of letters from this past time. Part of what the editor of this collection is hoping to do is renew interest in Vickery's writing as standing out as particularly realistic for its time and my reading found that to...more