The Revolt of Mother and Other Stories Author:Mary E Wilkins Freeman With the rediscovery of her works by American feminist, the nineteenth-century New England writer Mary Wilkins Freeman has come to be acknowledged as an important contributor to American literature. — Her heroines are the plain and poverty-hardened women who sustained the villages of northern New England through the economic hardships of the late... more » 1880s, when great numbers of men were moving on to the more lucrative frontiers of the Middle and Far West. Often these heroinese are not young or "beautiful": many are middle-aged or elderly spinsters "without prospects," and their primary relationships are to other women. In time of need, they stand by each other - mothers, sisters, aunts, friends. In terms of social class - measured in food, clothing, shelter - they are judged harshly by their New England neighbors, yet they treasure their meager economic independence. And their staunch sense of responsibility, of fidelity to each other and to the land, endures.
It was in her early works that Freeman excelled in portraying these unpretentious New England heroinese, and eight of the best stories from her first two books - A Humble Romance and Other Stories (1887) and A New England Nun and Other Stories (1891) are contained in this volume.« less