I created this site for two reasons: To raise awareness about this amazing body of work from the 19 th century, and to start a dialog among those of us who love reading and thinking about these kinds of stories, whether they were written in 1856 or 2006. So feel free to click around at your leisure. Use the site to bone up on your knowledge of 19 th century women writers or spur your own creativity.   --Judi Ketteler

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I happen to be without father or brother to protect me from affront, sir, and my uncle is an invalid veteran whom I will not trouble. I am, therefore, under the novel necessity of fighting my own battles.”
-- Capitola Black, from The Hidden Hand