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According to Wikipedia: "Augusta Jane Wilson, or Augusta Evans Wilson, (May 8, 1835 - May 9, 1909) was an American Southern author and one of the pillars of Southern literature. She wrote nine novels: "Inez" (1850), "Beulah" (1859), "Macaria" (1863), "St. Elmo" (1866), "Vashti" (1869), "Infelice" (1875), "At the Mercy of Tiberius" (1887), "A Speckled Bird" (1902), and "Dev ...more
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Published March 1st 2010 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published 1864)
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A difficult read but worth getting through to try to understand why it was so popular at its time. This book is loaded with references to Greek & Roman stories (e.g. Macaria) and I believe it's trying to create a mythos of the South mid-war...before it had the mythos it does today. The author attempts to tie events and actions and feelings of Southerners to these old stories, creating the idea of a society full of noble and educated souls, full of self-sacrifice and goodness. I only recommen ...more
This is a wonderful novel written and set during the Civil War. Evans wrote it by candlelight while she was nursing Confederate soldiers. She wrote the novel to defend the Southern cause and life. It is a tribute to the women who made the greatest sacrifice, giving up their love and lives to their country.

You could call this the South's Uncle Tom's Cabin. It became a propaganda work, popular in both the North and the South. It caused so much rancor among the Northern troops that one Union Genera
Nov 04, 2007 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Civil War, or gender in historical context
Three stars for its literary merits, but it warrants more for its historical value. An extremely interesting inside look at the Confederate cause and at the place of the idealized southern woman in the Civil War. This book was banned in the Union and was still one of the most widely-read of its time due to successful smuggling of copies to the North.
No Greater love is there then this, one lay down his life for another; yet no greater sacrifice is there then hers, who gives Husband, Son, Father, Brother!
I'm really not into "romance" novels, but these 19th century Augusta Jane Evans books read more like Jane Austen with their heroic characters.
Macaria by Augusta J. Evans (1868)
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Augusta Jane Wilson, or Augusta Evans Wilson, (May 8, 1835 – May 9, 1909) was an American Southern author and one of the pillars of Southern literature. She wrote nine novels: Inez (1850), Beulah (1859), Macaria (1863), St. Elmo (1866), Vashti (1869), Infelice (1875), At the Mercy of Tiberius (1887), A Speckled Bird (1902), and Devota (1907). Given her support for the Confederate States of America ...more
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