Portia : The World of Abigail Adams

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... best-of-all-biographies of Abigail Adams... " -American Historical ReviewPortia, a new study of Abigail Adams-modern feminism's favorite Founding Mother-is a refreshing change of pace." -San Francisco Chronicle... very well done, highly perceptive, and full of fresh ideas." -Wilson Library Bulletin... Adams's strength, courage, and wit (as well as her bouts of depression and gender conservatism) emerge more fully than they have in any previous work.... a well-rounded portrait of a remarkable figure."-ChoiceIn this important and fascinating biography, Edith Gelles not only restores Abigail Adams to her rightful place at the center of her own story, she challenges the creaky conventions of `traditional' male-defined biography." -Susan Faludi, author of BacklashPortia, the first woman-centered biography of Abigail Adams, details the issues, events, and relationships of Adams's life. It is as much a social and cultural history of Adams's time as it is her life story.show more

Product details

  • Book | 256 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0253210232
  • 9780253210234
  • 2,014,511

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'Portia....is a refreshing change of pace....(Edith Gelles) is affectionate yet scholarly, determined to present Adams as a strong character who was very much a woman of her time, not merely a liberated precursor to feminism or the little wife behind the great man.' - Melanie Lawrence, San Francisco Chronicleshow more

About Edith B. Gelles

EDITH B. GELLES is a historian and affiliated scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsChronologyIntroduction1. The Abigail Industry2....a tye more binding...3. Domestic Patriotism4. A Virtuous Affair5. Gossip6. Faithful Are the Wounds of a Friend7. The Threefold Cord8. Mother and Citizen9. My Closest CompanionEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndexIllustrations follow Chapter 3show more

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