Constance Fenimore Woolson: Castle Nowhere (1072 words)


When Constance Fenimore Woolson’s first collection of short stories – Castle Nowhere: Lake Country Sketches – was published in 1875, William Dean Howells, arguably the most important literary critic of his time, praised it for the new vistas it opened up to American readers and for its inherent “truth to human nature”. A champion of realism and the use of American material in fiction, Howells gave Woolson credit for her exploration of frontier life in the Great Lakes region and her insight into previously unsung communities such as the Zoar Separatists of Northern Ohio. Not surprisingly, Howells singled out for particular approbation the three stories – “Solomon”, “The Lady of Little Fishing”, and “…

Citation: Buonomo, Leonardo. "Castle Nowhere". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2005 [, accessed 19 August 2022.]

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