Hidden Hand Or, Capitola the Madcap

ISBN-10: 0813512964
ISBN-13: 9780813512969
Edition: 1988
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Description: E.D.E.N. Southworth was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the nineteenth century and her Capitola Black, or Black Cap - a cross-dressing, adventure-seeking girl-woman - was so well-loved that the book was serialized three times between  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 5/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

E.D.E.N. Southworth was one of the most popular and prolific writers of the nineteenth century and her Capitola Black, or Black Cap - a cross-dressing, adventure-seeking girl-woman - was so well-loved that the book was serialized three times between 1859 and 1888 and was dramatized in forty different versions. When we first meet sharp and witty Capitola she is living among beggars and street urchins, and dressed as a boy because a boy can get work and be safe, whereas a girl is left to starve for want of "proper" employment. Unknown to her, Capitola has a very rich elderly guardian who finds her at a providential moment and takes her back to his palatial mansion where she finds herself "decomposing above ground for want of having my blood stirred." But not to fear. There are bandits, true-loves, evil men, long-lost mothers, and sweet women friends in Capitola's future - not to mention thunder storms, kidnap attempts, and duels. The pace is fast, the action wonderfully unbelievable. This is escape literature at its nineteenth-century best, with a woman at its center who makes you feel strong, daring, and reckless

As would be the case with many of the female romance writers who followed her, Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth began writing because she needed the money to support her family after she separated from her husband, Frederick Southworth, in 1843. Her first novel, Retribution (1849), was a success, and Southworth eventually published more than 60 novels and many short stories during her long and prolific career.

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