The Confession of a Rebellious Wife
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 1910. First edition. 12mo. Original red cloth boards; gilt titles; 64pp. Slight flaking to cover gilt; contemporary gift inscription; Very Good. A scarce American feminist novel, originally published (also anonymously) in the American Magazine for July, 1909. A contemporary reviewer noted of this work: "the writer passes from idealizing a lover whom she fancies she understands, to a state of mind in which her strongest feelings are repulsion for him and determination that their son shall never grow up to be 'like him and to dwarf some woman's life and his own.' ... the situation described is so frequently observed that one can but applaud the writer's wisdom in omitting her name from the title-page." Our attempts to attribute authorship have indeed proved fruitless. In its narrative arc progressing from complacency to disgust, the book bears a tantalizing resemblance to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall Paper," published ten years earlier. In any case, a quite scarce work; absent from commerce; OCLC locates eleven copies only; not in Smith Collection. SMITH (American Fiction 1901-1925), C-663.