Tag Archives: Stratton-Porter


Making Literary History, Part II

Writing in The Bookman, Professor William Lyon Phelps expressed his appreciation for Gene Stratton-Porter’s work, but he also made plain his sense of its limitations. It’s not “idealism” that mars her novels, he writes, but “sentimentality,” which reigns over the average human breast even as it revolts the “elite” minority. Phelps did not consider Stratton-Porter […]

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Making Literary History, Part I

Among the authors assembled on these pages over the last eleven months, Gene Stratton-Porter’s name may be the most obscure to all but those contemporary readers who stumbled upon her work in their youth (such as myself) or came to her later in life by way of a book club or a latter-day fondness for […]

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Quotable: Gene Stratton-Porter

Like Upton Sinclair, Gene Stratton-Porter struck a chord with readers that literary critics found dissonant. As quoted in Judith Reick Long’s 1990 biography, Stratton-Porter puzzled over their disdain: A thing utterly baffling to me is why the life history of the sins and shortcomings of a man [as in, person] should constitute a book of […]


Life in Brief: Gene Stratton-Porter

17 August 1863: Geneva Grace Stratton born in Wabash County, Indiana 1872:                    Her beloved older brother Leander (Laddie) drowns 1875:                    Forced to move to Wabash with family and nine pet birds, shortly before mother dies 1880s:                  …drops out of high school before graduation, dissatisfied with traditional education 1886:                    …marries Charles D. Porter, a successful pharmacist/businessman 13 years […]


1909: The New Woman *200th Post*

Why is it, I wonder, that whenever a woman is unmarried, and ventures to express an opinion of her own these days, men put on that expression you are putting on now and call her the New Woman?                                                                 – Barry Unsworth, The Rage of the Vulture Two young women, worlds apart, the one in England […]