Another Voyage of Discovery

At hub’s aunt’s the other day looking at the Wall Street Journal their son brings them – ran across an article about Julia Ward Howe – know who she is? – yes, the one who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic – Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord – always loved that song – her glory – she was a writer, et al – well, turns out she married the head of the Perkins Institute for the Blind – yes, the same institute that trained Annie Sullivan, the famous teacher of Helen Keller – quite the progressive institution for its day when most blind people were just relegated to institutions and pretty much just thrown away. He was also the doctor for the Greek Army in their fight for independence from the Turks, so seemed like quite the liberal fellow to Miss Julia but turns out his attitudes didn’t quite extend to his ideas on marriage, still expected his wife to be the typical Victorian type so didn’t encourage and even discouraged her career aspirations of writing – not even talking about getting a job outside the home – but they still ended up having around 6 children – also he was around 20 some odd years older than her so he did end up passing away while she was still young enough to go ahead and have a life without him, although it still didn’t really work out all that well as far as career wise. The above mentioned song really was basically her only famous work – but then Harper Lee basically only wrote on book, didn’t she? This song’s been enough to make Miss Howe quite renowned, hasn’t it?

But an intriguing aside is that her daughter found an unpublished manuscript of a novel about a hermaphrodite – can kinda see why it was never published back in the day, can’t you – but of all the times for it to come to light now, hm…

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About donnainthesouth

I'm a transplant, born up north but raised in the middle, now I'm down here where you don't see too many snowflakes; I'll probably post just about as often (here at least)
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