Julia Ward (1819-1910) was an heiress and aspiring poet when she married Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the education of the blind. Together the Howes knew many of the key figures of their era, from Charles Dickens to John Brown. But Samuel also wasted Julia's inheritance, isolated and discouraged her, and opposed her literary ambitions. Julia persisted, and continued to publish poems and plays while raising six children.
Authorship of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" made her celebrated and revered. But Julia was also continuing to fight a civil war at home; she became a pacifist, suffragist, and world traveler. She came into her own as a tireless campaigner for women's rights and social reform. Esteemed author Elaine Showalter tells the story of Howe's determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame.
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by Gena Showalter
by Elaine Rose Glickman
by Elaine Marie Alphin
by Malene Rydahl
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"Hillary Huber's solid narration gives life to this portrait of Julia Ward Howe, best known for her poem "Battle Hymn of the Republic." But Howe's literary efforts go far beyond that work, and her life was far more complex than casual observers would think. She battled a domineering husband who squandered her inheritance and later was an active campaigner for women's suffrage. She even battled Boston society to retain her maiden name as part of her married name. Huber's voice takes on appropriate emotion, almost making listeners believe she's the poet herself, rather than someone reading a third-person biography. By varying her pace slightly throughout, she keeps the narrative flowing. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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