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Library Co. of Phila.
Anne Hampton Brewster: 19th-Century Author and "Social Outlaw"
by Denise Larrabee, curator
The exhibition concerned the life and writings of the Philadelphia-born author Anne Hampton Brewster (1818-1892), who on her death left to the Library Company her library, journals, and manuscripts. Brewster was one of America's first female foreign correspondents, publishing primarily in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston newspapers. She was a "social outlaw" (as a friend described her) by refusing to marry, by converting to Catholicism, by moving out of her older brother Ben's house in order to live alone, by suing Ben for complete control over her share of their father's estate, by moving to Rome, and, foremost, by continuing to write through it all, first as a dilettante and then as a self-supporting professional. (Philadelphia: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1992.)
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