Unrepublished Works of Elizabeth Oakes Smith
The Sinless Child and Other Poems (1843)
see also this link
The FULL TEXT of
The Sinless Child and Other Poems (1843), ed. John Keese, produced as part of the "Making
of America" collection, University of Michigan
- The Poetical Writings of Elizabeth Oakes Smith (1845)
Oakes Smith's second collection of poems is available here (scanned) in its entirety. While "The Sinless Child"'s earlier edition is available with some of these poems in the above links, and a handful of other Oakes-Smith poems are available on several sites here and there on the internet, this "Open Library" edition provides the most complete collection of Oakes-Smith poems available to scholars.
- "The Defeated Life" (1847)
This remarkably dark short story begins in a fashion we might expect (given the mistakenly "rosy" reputation of Gift Books of Oakes Smith's time): a fond reminiscence of Downeast "days gone by." By the end, however, a seemingly incidental story of premature marriage devolves into a horrifying tale of physical and mental emprisonment and dissolution that antedates Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" by nearly fifty years.
- Elizabeth Oakes Smith's Account of Climbing Mr. Katahdin, (1849)
There are sources documenting this adventure in other internet newspaper sources (Littel's Living Age among others reported the feat), but here we have the original four-part document Oakes Smith wrote for the Portland Daily Advertiser from September 12, 15, 26 and October 8, 1849. Wow.
- "Woman and Her Needs" (1850-51)
Here on our site are the original ten essays making up Oakes Smith's first major statement on women's rights and present condition, transcribed from her columns in the New York Tribune.
- Hints on Dress and Beauty (1852)
This wide-ranging work, which derives in part from Oakes Smith's early lectures on Dress Reform, begins in a social, legal and economic critique of fashion and heads, by mid-point (and in a typical move) to a full scale demand for a "re-adjustment" in women's rights in America society.
- Old New York, or Democracy in 1689 (1853)
For a fascinating introduction to Oakes Smith's play focusing on the trial of the wife of Jacob Liesler, see Rebecca Jaroff's 2006 paper for the Oakes Smith bicentennial panel at SSAWW.
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