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Suggestions for further reading

The very best source for learning more about Augusta Evans Wilson is William Perry Fidler’s excellent biography published in 1951 and still available from the University of Alabama Press.   Concise and very readable, Fidler’s book describes Augusta's life and work and her place in literary history.   Fidler puts Augusta in the context of Victorian thought and literature.   His primary criticism is that she did give us a more realistic portrait of the South in those times.

Rebecca Grant Sexton has edited a collection of Augusta’s correspondence under the title A Southern Woman of Letters, published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2002.  Her book gives the reader a different sampling of Augusta’s writing – still passionate but on a more intimate scale.  Letters include those to Confederate leaders during the Civil War and to friends such as Rachel Lyons, the South Carolinian she met in New York City in 1859.

The interest among feminist scholars in women writers of the nineteenth century, including Augusta Jane Evans, began in the 1970s and is represented in a number of works:

Several fine essays on Augusta’s novels, available for download as pdf. files on this site,  can be found as introductions to 1992 editions of her novels: