Title

Maria Susanna Cummins' London Letters: April 1860

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2002

Publication Title

Legacy: A Journal of Women Writers

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page

241

Last Page

254

Keywords

Maria Susanna Cummins

Abstract

Within scholarship on Maria Susanna Cummins (1827-1866), there are two recurrent phrases: "author of the best-selling novel The Lamplighter" and "little is known about her life." Despite the early contextualization of Cummins by various scholars, most of the recent critical work on Cummins has centered on her first and best-known novel, The Lamplighter (1854). Very little critical attention has been paid to Cummins's life, her career as a publishing author, her lesser known novels, her periodical publications, and her archived letters. Written in the weeks preceding the publication in the United States and Britain of her third novel, El Fureidis, these letters offer a rare in media res view of her life and her world.

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