Judith Sargent Murray

Standard Name: Murray, Judith Sargent
Birth Name: Judith Sargent
Married Name: Judith Stevens
Married Name: Judith Murray
Pseudonym: Constantia
Pseudonym: The Gleaner
Pseudonym: Mr Gleaner
Pseudonym: Mr Vigillius
Pseudonym: Honora
Pseudonym: Honora-Martesia
Pseudonym: A Citizen of the United States
JSM , writing around and after the American War of Independence, produced poetry, plays, periodical essays, and a sentimental novel published in instalments. A recent biographer puts her closer to the centre of debate about women's role in the new American republic than Mercy Otis Warren or Abigail Adams .
Skemp, Sheila L. Judith Sargent Murray. A Brief Biography with Documents. Bedford Books.


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Publishing Sarah Wentworth Morton
She may already have contributed to other, earlier magazines as well.
Pendleton, Emily, and Milton Ellis. Philenia. University of Maine Press.
Her contemporary Judith Sargent Murray had already been using the name Constantia for about five years, which was no doubt why Morton switched...
Textual Features Susanna Wright
It argues (before such arguments had been put forward in America by Abigail Adams , Judith Sargent Murray , or Mercy Otis Warren , but drawing on beliefs current among Quakers since their mid-seventeenth-century origins)...


15 September 1790: Judith Sargent Murray, visiting Connecticut...

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15 September 1790

Judith Sargent Murray , visiting Connecticut from Massachusetts, reported the ease of divorce in the former: if a couple were unhappy together, the state legislature would provide a bill to divorce them.

1800: Sally Sayward Keating (later Wood) published...

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Sally Sayward Keating (later Wood) published at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her novelJulia and the Illuminated Baron, written some years earlier and incorporating a tribute to Sarah Wentworth Morton .


Harris, Sharon M., and Judith Sargent Murray. “Introduction”. Selected Writings of Judith Sargent Murray, edited by Sharon M. Harris and Sharon M. Harris, Oxford University Press, 1995, p. xv - xliv.
Murray, John. Records of the Life of the Rev. John Murray. Editor Murray, Judith Sargent, Munroe and Francis, 1816.
Murray, Judith Sargent. Selected Writings of Judith Sargent Murray. Editor Harris, Sharon M., Oxford University Press, 1995.
Murray, Judith Sargent. The Gleaner. I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews, 1798.