America is now wholly given over
to a d --- d mob of scribbling women,
and I should have no chance of success
while the public taste is occupied
with their trash --
and should be ashamed if I did
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1855
Author of The Scarlet Letter (1850), The House of The Seven Gables (1851), and other works. He lived from 1804 to 1864 and was a contemporary of such scribbling women as transcendentalist Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850), abolitionist Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880), Harriet Beecher Stowe, who penned Uncle Tom's Cabin , and Julia Ward Howe, author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Take a listen ...