Constance Fenimore Woolson: East Angels

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Constance Fenimore Woolson's second novel East Angels was serialized in Harper's New Monthly Magazine between January 1885 and May 1886 and published in book form in New York and London in 1886. Regarded by many as Woolson's best full-length work, East Angels is set in the sleepy Spanish settlement of Gracias-á-Dios, Florida, a fictional recreation of St. Augustine, the resort where the author wintered for a number of years before moving to Europe in 1879. Although it presents many characters, the novel is essentially the story of two women, the southern, quarter-Spanish Garda Thorne and the northern Margaret Harold, who represent diametrically opposing types. Garda is an exceptionally beautiful girl who …

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Buonomo, Leonardo. "East Angels". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002
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