Central Library, Copley Square (Rare Books Lobby)
March 7 to May 30, 2014
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since the 17th century, American women have been writing and publishing novels, poetry, essays, histories, biographies, and short stories. Their texts influenced the tastes and perceptions of generations of both female and male readers alike. While readers can get a sense of these women through their published work, it is the letters that they wrote to friends, publishers, and one another that provide real insight into their personal worlds. This exhibition of books and manuscripts from the Boston Public Library's special collections illustrates the public and private lives of reputed writers such as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe, as well as those of lesser-known authors such as Hannah Adams, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Annie Fields.
This exhibition has been organized in celebration of Women's History Month.