Date of Award

Spring 1935

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The purpose of this thesis is to recall the attention of a generation all too prone to neglect names once known nationally and internationally to Harriet Prescott Spofford, perhaps the most versatile feminine writer of our country in the decade 1858 to 1868, whose works were acceptable to the reading public and accepted by the leading magazines of our country for a period of sixty years. Harriet Prescott Spofford, moreover, exemplifies the fact that authorship need not necessarily incapacitate a woman for domestic life, for she was ever a lovingly dutiful daughter, a devoted wife, sister, and friend.