Literary historian Emily Stipes Watts
and others have noted Sigourney's high reputation in her own day (the female Milton, the American Hemans, the sweet singer of Hartford, generally ranked higher than William Cullen Bryant
Julia Ward Howe
Julia began by giving private lectures to friends at home, since her husband did not wish her to charge for appearing in public. On January 17, 1864, however, she drew a crowd for a public...