Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard (1823-1902) is an American writer, who was encouraged by Longfellow, praised by Hawthorne and Howells and who occasioned an uncharacteristically angry outburst by Henry James. Her three vels, The Morgesons, Two Men and Temple House, were well reviewed but did t sell, went out of print after her death and were forgotten until 1968. Since that time her value has been gradually recognized and there is a growing body of criticism of her work. This book is the first full-length, critical study of all of Stoddard's work and the first to give full value to her largely unkwn and often neglected series of articles published in the newspaper, The Daily Alta California (1854-58). The Daily Alta California articles serve as a basis for the analysis of Stoddard's character and thought. The chapters on her vels trace her development from a reader-friendly columnist who informed, amused and flattered her audience, to a velist whose books are marked by a savage violence, a violence that takes a different form in each vel and represents Stoddard's most distinct characteristic.
The Author: Regula Giovani received her Ph.D. from the English department of the University of Fribourg, where she worked as an assistant for four years. She holds a Licence es Lettres from the University of Lausanne and a Certificat de Specialisation en litterature americaine from the University of Fribourg.