Elizabeth Oakes Smith
Welcome! This site is dedicated to the recovery of
the life and work of Elizabeth Oakes Smith: poet, novelist, feminist lecturer and essayist. And playwright. And mother.
Most of all, this site serves as a re-introduction, for twenty-first century readers, to a woman known for several
decades of the nineteenth century as one of the most well-recognized literary figures, and later one of the most well-known
voices in the debate over the rights and needs of women in the United States.
Use the links below to access a variety of topics regarding Oakes Smith's life and career:
- Our Chronology Page , along with The Gallery, provides basic information and images for those interested in Oakes Smith's
life and family relations.
- Our Web-links Page continues to grow, supplying a quick path for readers to discover major and minor Oakes Smith texts
and critical writing on Oakes Smith already available on-line.
- Unrepublished Writings provides students and scholars .pdf versions of texts not available on-line or in print, or texts
difficult to read or access on-line (through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America site, for example). Included
here is not only a transcription of Oakes Smith's original feminist essay series, Woman and Her Needs , as printed in the
New York Tribune (1850-51), but also her surprisingly dark story, "The Defeated Life"(1847) and a scan of her play,
Jacob Liesler, or Old New York and many other texts.
- The Bibliography, though still woefully incomplete, presents the most extensive list of Oakes Smith's writings now
available. We will be happy to credit scholars who discover Oakes Smith texts not listed!
The image to the right is a copy of a portrait of
Elizabeth Oakes Smith ca. 1844 by Henry Inman, from the collection of Frank Bulkeley Smith. The image reproduced here is
from the catalogue of the sale of F.B. Smith's collection, entitled Illustrated catalogue of the remarkable and widely known collection of early American and British portraits, Lent
and Graff Co., 1920, discovered on the net by independent scholar Loren Christie.
The Oakes Smith webpage is
authored and maintained by Timothy H. Scherman
firstname.lastname@example.org (last updated 6/15/2013)