While providing an insider's view of middle-class manners and customs in turn-of-the century America, Margaret Sloan's diary, "The Shattered Dream" is a compelling account of a young woman's fated quest for fulfillment in the dream of the perfect marriage. In a plain and straightforward style, she recounted the simple yet dramatic narrative of the busy weeks before her wedding and the first happy, then troubled months of marriage. The wedding was Margaret's dream come true, but the marriage would not sustain for long her unrealistic ideal of the perfect union of man and wife. Soon she began to chronicle her bouts of loneliness and moments of anxiety as she became increasingly disturbed by her husband's growing indifference to her. The significance of her story lies in the image of the woman caught in the grip of a strong cultural imperative over which she had little control. "The Shattered Dream" is a revealing chapter in the history of the American woman's search for identity, long before she has successfully challenged her role in marriage.
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In 1900, Margaret Sloan was a 26-year-old belle from Chattanooga, Tenn., anticipating her marriage to Willard Leland, a peripatetic New Yorker. The daybook in which she confided her thoughts, feelings and eventual disillusionment about this longed-for event is presented here with emendations by Woodell, an English professor at Clemson University. This affecting record of two years in the life of a middle-class, genteel woman is filled with details of social calls, dress, flirting and unrealistical dreams of the crowning achievement of Southern womanhood, wedded bliss. When her idealized husband proves inattentive, leaving her alone for long periods in the boardinghouses that are their first homes in North Carolina and New York, Margaret's marriage becomes "the bitterest disappointment" of her life. Separated for a while, she and Willard reunite chiefly because Margaret has no alternative. Although the entries are often repetitious and banal, the diary offers another view of the fabled "Southern belle" and contributes to women's history.
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Descrizione libro University of South Carolina P, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110872497127