A personal portrait with a single theme -- the evocation of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's capacity for moral indignation and...

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OH! LIZZIE!: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

A personal portrait with a single theme -- the evocation of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's capacity for moral indignation and independence of spirit -- characteristics which found such animated and purposeful expression in her life that they prove unfailingly entertaining and irresistibly inspiring -- from her childish plan to clip all discriminatory statutes from her father's taw books and thereby achieve equality with one stroke of the scissors to her, in later life, persuading the venerable Quaker Lucretia Mott to adopt swearing in order to teach the profanity-prone Stanton boys a lesson. Now and then, there are brief glimpses of what must have been her concomitant burden of frustration; when failing to find the ""equal partnership"" she had sought in marriage she spent the bulk of her life tending to domestic duties in the rural isolation of Seneca Falls, New York, eventually finding her alter ego in mobile and active Susan B. Anthony. The dichotomy of a woman who could in turn embrace the role of housekeeper with enthusiasm (""though at times she felt as if her brain itself were turning to jelly"") and soon after write, on the topic of ""Sewing"" that ""it should be the study of every woman to do as little of it as possible,"" is depicted but only gently probed. The result is a biography which captures a lively heroine and at least hints at her underlying complexities.

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1972

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Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1972