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A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (review)

A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (review) Book Reviews 197 A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson. Edited by Michelle Burnham. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2008. 320 pages, $21.95. Reviewed by Raúl Coronado University of Chicago It's downright bewildering that a collection of Helen Hunt Jackson's diverse writings has not been published until now. Scholars have increasingly focused their attention on Jackson over the last two decades, producing biographies, a collection of her Indian reform letters, and studies that situate Jackson variously within postnational American studies (and its cognates, Manifest Domesticity, the transnational circulation and translation of Ramona [1884], and Native American reform), and yet no edited volume of Jackson's writings has ever been published. Now, Michelle Burnham has culled through Jackson's expansive oeuvre to bring us an utterly complex Jackson-as-author. Most of the writings in this volume have not been republished since the nineteenth century, and for that reason alone, this collection is a gift to scholars, teachers, and the general reader interested in Jackson, nineteenth-century women writers, and reform movements. The volume is unencumbered by footnotes or lengthy introductions; instead, we get a concise, informative introduction, a useful timeline, a bibliography of original sources, a one-page list of recommended reading, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 45 (2) – Aug 13, 2010

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Book Reviews 197 A Separate Star: Selected Writings of Helen Hunt Jackson. Edited by Michelle Burnham. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 2008. 320 pages, $21.95. Reviewed by Raúl Coronado University of Chicago It's downright bewildering that a collection of Helen Hunt Jackson's diverse writings has not been published until now. Scholars have increasingly focused their attention on Jackson over the last two decades, producing biographies, a collection of her Indian reform letters, and studies that situate Jackson variously within postnational American studies (and its cognates, Manifest Domesticity, the transnational circulation and translation of Ramona [1884], and Native American reform), and yet no edited volume of Jackson's writings has ever been published. Now, Michelle Burnham has culled through Jackson's expansive oeuvre to bring us an utterly complex Jackson-as-author. Most of the writings in this volume have not been republished since the nineteenth century, and for that reason alone, this collection is a gift to scholars, teachers, and the general reader interested in Jackson, nineteenth-century women writers, and reform movements. The volume is unencumbered by footnotes or lengthy introductions; instead, we get a concise, informative introduction, a useful timeline, a bibliography of original sources, a one-page list of recommended reading, and

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