Elizabeth Oakes Smith


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:

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 t-scherman@neiu.edu (last updated 6/15/2013)