A Closer Look
||Woman writing, ca. 1900.
Photographer: Chester Sawyer Wilson (1886-1983).
courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society Photograph
In a letter written from Faribault on April 17, 1911, Mary Whipple
reported on her activities:
“For a woman who will be 82 on her next birthday, I am hale
and well. I cannot naturally be very active and have much enforced
leisure. I potter around as much as I can and read a great deal.
As a refreshing exercise I have taken to working algebra and particularly
enjoy radical quantities. I read one or two Waverlys [novels] every
year and this year have read some of Dickens. We have Harper’s
[magazine], Human Life, and the Youth’s Companion and the
Springfield Republican… I wonder whether you are reading “The
Iron Woman” in Harper’s Monthly?”
To read the
serialized novel “The Iron Woman” by turn-of-the-century
novelist and social reformer Margaret Deland, visit Project