"Grace Greenwood," Waukesha Daily Freeman, July 13, 1882

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"Grace Greenwood," Waukesha Daily Freeman, July 13, 1882


Lippincott, Sara Jane (pseudonym: Grace Greenwood), 1832-1904
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Sarah K. Bolton writes a favorable biographical account of Grace Greenwood. Bolton introduces the article by characterizing her relationship to Greenwood from admiration from a distance to affection as long-term acquaintences.
The author states that Greenwood could have been a successful actress but was discouraged by family and friends to who she succumbed. Bolton emphasizes Greenwood's talent and social capital. Greenwood's travels and acquaintances all around the world prove to be an immense treasure and source of knowledge for storytelling and strike up new acquaintances. The author continues by describing her outer appearance and adolescence. The following paragraphs are dedicated to Greenwood's contributions to journals, her published monographs, and, in particular, her poems. Bolton portrays Greenwood as a hard-working and gifted woman, who is an excellent observer and writer, indulging also in modesty, care duties, and housework.




Bolton, Sarah Knowles, 1841-1916


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Years ago, as I read Grace Greenwood's books and recognized in them a keen delight in Nature, a love of freedom, and a great heart, I wondered how she looked, how she talked, and if I should ever see her. Some years since I read that she was to give a lecture, at the large public hall in the city where I lived, on "The Heroic in Common Life." Of course, I eagerly hastened thither. She came upon stage, tall and with fine address, gracious and gentle, yet strong, and with distinct utterance and in graphie [sic] words told of the nobility of human nature, even under the commonest types and the humblest surroundtngs [sic]. No one who heard that lecture went away without a heart full of sympathy and eyes open to the good which lies close to our feet and is so constantly overlooked. I did not dream that circumstances would one day bring me under the same roof with the famous author and lecturer. This winter, in Paris, we we [sic] have boarded in the same pleasant penston [sic], and as the acquaintance has grown I have added affection to my old-time admiration.
Grace Greenwood is not as young now as when, nearly twenty-eight years ago, she wrote "haps and Mishaps of a Tour in Eurobe [sic]," when, in the flush of a national reputation as a poet and novelist, she received the attentions of Dickens, Mrs. Browning, and others. [...]
When Grace Greenwood was not reciting, we often  begged her to talk to us. She has traveled much, has a prodigious memory, and is one of the best conversationalists I ever listened to. She has known, in many eases intimately, most of the leading authors, artists, politicians, philantropists, agitators, and actors of her time. In Washington she knew Clay, Webster, Seward, and Lincoln; in Boston, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Sumner, Lowel, and Whittier; in London, Massini, and Kossuth, Dickens and Taflfourd, Landor, Kingsley, Lover, the Howitts, Miss Muloch, George Eliot, and many others. In Rome, where she resided with Miss Cushman, she knew the English and American colony of artists and litterateurs, and, later, the grand old soldier, Garibaldi. So she has no end of charming reminiscences. Such a book as she could write on these friendships and associations would be a storehouse for those who lo^e [sic] the gifted and truly noble. [...]
Her work now began to appear in the Liberator, The Home Journal, and other papers, [...]. For three years she was one the regular contributors to The National Era. Her first book, "Greenwood Leaves," was published in 1850, and her "Poems" and "Recollections of My Childhood" and "History of My Pets" in 1851. [...] In Italy she had some unique experiences as, being a friend of Mazzini's she was carefully watched. On her return home, "Haps and Mishaps of a Tour in Europe" added to her reputation. Of this 8,000 were sold rapidly. [...] Of late years she has bronght [sic] out no books, though she has done much work in the way of letters and essays in daily papers and magazines articles which she has not collected for republication.
[...] Next, for several years, she resided in Washington, from which city she wrote several series of semi-political letters to the New York Tribune and Times. For the latter journal she has written many letters from Europe. She is a most painstaking writer. Although composing rapidly, work never goes from her hand till it is carefully polished though she really cares little for fame. She has great power of concentration, composing while others are in the room busily talking. Until the death of her mother, who never wished to be out of her sight, Grace Greenwood worked usually while some one read aloud to the aged woman. During the war she lectured almost constantly and her overwork, doubtless, accounts for the illness of the ast few years. Besides these intellectual gifts, she is most skilled with her needle and an admirable house-keeper. [...]



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Bolton, Sarah Knowles, 1841-1916, “"Grace Greenwood," Waukesha Daily Freeman, July 13, 1882,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed April 22, 2024, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/701.

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