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By Judy Nolte Lensink

The sound of nineteenth-century ladies, as soon as notion misplaced to us, is alive simply because usual ladies like Emily Hawley Gillespie gave voice to their ideas in diaries. This condensed model of the 2,500-page journals of Emily Gillespie, faithfully written from 1858 to 1888, is a close account of rural Iowa existence. greater than this, it includes the reflections of a lady who dreamed of being a painter and author and as a substitute grew to become a spouse and a mom, a girl whose radical convictions have been recorded in her diary, whereas publicly she conformed to the prescribed lifetime of a Victorian pioneer lady. via Emily's journals, readers are provided instant and unmodified touch with settlers in Iowa 100 years in the past. A wealth of evidence are includedOCowhat produce she harvested and preserved from her backyard, how her husband tended his fields and what he raised, the demanding situations and rewards of relations life.Judy Lensink's skillful research indicates the bigger styles in Emily Gillespie's existence and gives keys that free up the diary's secrets and techniques. Emily's lifestyles is published as a formative years choked with promise fading into heart and declining years of misplaced goals and eventual tragedy, which triggered her to jot down, i've got written "many" issues in my magazine, however the worst is a mystery to be burried whilst I shall stop to be."

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With this goal in mind, I have made several topics in the eclectic diary my priorities. First, I have traced the development of Gillespie's personal definition of ideal womanhood through her opinions about what it meant to be a good woman. For example, young Emily Hawley's desire to remain pure Page xxii conflicted with her romantic impulses and the inclinations of her suitors. What emerges in the diary through a variety of such encounters is a complex Emily Hawley Gillespie (or, more accurately, the persona Emily) who is a mixture of the woman she wanted herself to be and the woman whose real-life actions she depicts.

In the short essays that introduce each section I describe external circumstances to provide the setting of Gillespie's life in order to give the reader an orientation into the world she depicts in her diary. However, I have purposefully avoided "giving away" Gillespie's story by foreshadowing events, for her diary is itself and I have chosen not to recast it as history or biography. Nor have I undermined Gillespie's diary by adding contradictory information from other sources. The Conclusion of this study examines Gillespie's construction of her autobiographical narrative compared to external information about her life.

1842) Harriet (b. 1845) Page 5 Diary which may compose reminiscences of the life, from day to day, of Miss. Emmie E. Hawley. D. 1858 Medina. Lenawee County. Michigan. April 1858 11th. " "I think I feel as happy today as I should with a man and half a dozen children to bother me," I replied. Thus passes the first day of my twentieth year. 14th. Wednesday: Went to Uncle Benjamin Osborns, make a head dress [ornament for the head or an arrangement of the hair] for Aunt Mary & sunbonnet for Frances.

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