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Margaret Wilson (January 16, 1882 — October 6, 1973) was an American novelist. She was awarded the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for The Able McLaughlins.

Born in Traer, Iowa, Wilson grew up on a farm and attended the University of Chicago, earning degrees in 1903 and 1904. She then became a missionary in the service of the United Presbyterian Church of North America. While assigned to the Punjab region of India, she worked at a girl's school and at a hospital. She returned to the U.S. in 1910 because of illness and resigned from her position as a missionary in 1916. She spent the year 1912-13 at the divinity school of the University of Chicago. Then she taught for five years at West Pullman High School. Throughout these years she cared for her invalid father and published her short stories in a variety of magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly.

The themes found throughout her writings include the secondary status of women and the role of religion. When she won a $2,000 prize offered by Harper & Brothers in 1923, her name was unknown because she had signed her short stories in Harper's Magazine "An Elderly Spinster." Her work is of interest in part for its exploration of feminist issues in a domestic context set against a background of an unsympathetic judicial system. She described herself as "the most Middle Western of Middle Westerners" and said that "she wrote for women readers from a woman's point of view. Two of her novels draw on her experiences in India. Written more than a decade after her return, she "managed to transform her more painful experiences into deeply sympathetic and engaging fiction." Daughters of India explores the world of polygamy and Trousers of Taffeta more specifically focuses on a woman's need to produce a male heir.

In 1923, she married George Douglas Turner, a Scotsman she had met in India nineteen years earlier, after which she remained resident in England. Turner was a tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford. He later served as warden of Dartmoor Prison. Penal reform inspired her non-fiction study The Crime of Punishment (1931) and two novels, The Dark Duty (1931) and The Valiant Wife (1933), both "melodramatic romances...constructed around the philosophical and dramatic problems of prison administration and reform."

One summary of her critical reception concludes:

[Her] novels have been disparaged for a variety of weaknesses...and almost all her plots rely too heavily on coincidence. Her sharp sociological observations provide valuable insight for students of cultural history, however; in addition, her strengths as a novelist are evident in the detailed, naturalistic portraits of the daily lives of her characters, and in her inability [sic] to involve the reader in the problems her characters face.


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Total Books: 49
Body and Mind in Motion Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation
Memoirs of Miss Mellon afterwards Duchess of St Albans
2009 - Memoirs of Miss Mellon Afterwards Duchess of St Albans (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117141725
ISBN-10: 1117141721
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Eva - an Aspiring Victorian The Life of Eva Knatchbull-Hugessen Great-great-niece of Jane Austen
Ellie's Dream
2008 - Ellie's Dream (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781599987262
ISBN-10: 1599987260
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Gran and the Tied Man
2007 - Gran and the Tied Man (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781434335586
ISBN-10: 1434335585
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Coming Home the Long Way
2007 - Coming Home the Long Way (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781587496349
ISBN-10: 1587496348
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The Able McLaughlins
2007 - The Able Mclaughlins (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780877972884
ISBN-10: 0877972885
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Daughters of India
2007 - Daughters of India (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195685862
ISBN-10: 0195685865
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mommy  Me Baby's Bible School
2006 - Mommy Me Baby's Bible School [Book 1] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780978595104
ISBN-10: 0978595106
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Gran and the Kidnapped Boy
2006 - Gran and the Kidnapped Boy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781425963835
ISBN-10: 1425963838
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Welcome Home
2005 - Welcome Home [Leisure Arts #22530] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781574866568
ISBN-10: 1574866567
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Society and You Teacher's Resource
2004 - Society and You Teacher's Resource [Understanding People in Society] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780340814437
ISBN-10: 0340814438
Genre: Children's Books
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Society and You Pupil Book
2004 - Society and You Pupil Book [Understanding People in Society] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780340814413
ISBN-10: 0340814411
Genre: Children's Books
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Vegetarian Recipes from the West Country
2004 - Vegetarian Recipes From the West Country (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781899383702
ISBN-10: 1899383700
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Danger on the Hill
2003 - Danger on the Hill [Torchbearer] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781857927849
ISBN-10: 1857927842
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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New Cornish Cookbook
2002 - New Cornish Cookbook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780850253955
ISBN-10: 0850253950
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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Sir Charles Wheatstone 2nd Edition
2001 - Sir Charles Wheatstone 2nd Edition [I E E History of Technology Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780852961032
ISBN-10: 0852961030
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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Jane Austen's Family and Tonbridge
2001 - Jane Austen's Family and Tonbridge (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780953817405
ISBN-10: 0953817407
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Devonshire Cookbook
1998 - Devonshire Cookbook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781899383153
ISBN-10: 1899383158
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Almost Another Sister Fanny Knight Jane Austen's Favourite Niece
1997 - Almost Another Sister Fanny Knight Jane Austen's Favourite Niece (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780704102675
ISBN-10: 0704102676
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Sgwar Sam
1996 - Sgwar Sam [Welsh Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780948469299
ISBN-10: 0948469293
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1977 - Tirso De Molina [World Authors] (Hardcover)
Spanish Drama of the Golden Age [Pergamon Oxford Spanish] (Hardcover)Paperback
Technology [Teacher Timesavers] (Paperback)
The Limpley Stoke Valley [West Country Landscapes] (Paperback)