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So Hard the Stones

Lucy Poate Stebbins and Her Life in Literature


Richard Poate Stebbins

This biography of an American woman writer takes us inside the literary industry and highlights the plight of the creative writer in an age of mass communications and profit-oriented publishing firms. Lucy Poate Stebbins (1886-1958), co-author of The Trollopes and author of A Victorian Album and other works of fiction and nonfiction, anticipated the modern feminist movement by transcending gender limitations, setting an example for other women, and writing about women's contributions to literature and civilization. A personality of singular sensitivity, strength and brightness comes to life in this fairminded and accurate record by her son and former collaborator.
Contents: A literary biography of the author's mother, a mid-century writer of novels and biographical works whose experiences with publishers and critics highlight the problems faced by would-be authors in the present age.