Ellen Glasgow

(1873-1945 / USA)

Ellen Glasgow
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Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (April 22, 1873 - November 21, 1945) was an American novelist. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she published her first novel when she was 24 years old. Glasgow's first novel, The Descendant (1897) was written in secret and published anonymously. She destroyed part of the manuscript after her mother died in 1893. The work was delayed after her brother-in-law and intellectual mentor, George McCormack, died the following year. It was not until absorbing the losses of these two deaths that she returned to her novel, completing it in 1895. The novel features an emancipated heroine who seeks passion rather than marriage. Although it was published anonymously, the novel's... more »

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  • ''I waited and worked, and watched the inferior exalted for nearly thirty years; and when recognition came at last, it was too late to alter events, or to make a difference in living.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 13 (1954). Written in 1944. The important American Southern "regional" novelist wa...
  • ''A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 16 (1954). Written in 1944. Glasgow, who became a widely recognized novelist only ...
  • ''What I hated even more than the conflict was the lurid spectacle of a world of unreason.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 19 (1954). Written in 1944, near the end of World War II.
  • The world of the egotist is, inevitably, a narrow world, and the boundaries of self are limited to the close horizon of personality.... But, within this horizon, there is room for many attributes that...
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 19 (1954). Written in 1944.
  • ''My first reading of Tolstoy affected me as a revelation from heaven, as the trumpet of the judgment. What he made me feel was not the desire to imitate, but the conviction that imitation was futile.''
    Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 10 (1954). Written in 1944. Tolstoy (1828-1910), author of War and Peace (1866), w...
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The Freeman

'Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.'

A VAGABOND between the East and West,
Careless I greet the scourging and the rod;
I fear no terror any man may bring,
Nor any god.

The clankless chains that bound me I have rent,
No more a slave to Hope I cringe or cry;
Captives to Fate men rear their prison walls,
But free am I.

I tread where arrows press upon my path,
I smile to see the danger and the dart;
My breast is bared to meet the slings of Hate,
But not my heart.

I face the thunder and I face the rain,
I lift my head, ...

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