Sarah Buell's first stand in the cause of woman's right to work was marked by the tenacity with which she clung to her role of school mistress in 1806. But at that time the eighteen-year-old New Hampshire girl could not have imagined how far her professional life would extend. Only when circumstance--the death of her lawyer husband--made her the sole protector of her many children was she to realize her full capacity of writer-editor. In this biography of Sarah Buell, the editor of the Ladies' Book, later Godey's Ladies' Book, a full and sympathetic picture is given of a woman who contributed generously both as a literary and philanthropic figure and in the larger sense as a pioneer in the field of feminism. Girls interested in a magazine career will find the account of Sarah Buell's editorial activities surprisingly timely and entertaining in this well paced biography.