Ellen Glasgow published her first novel, The Descendant (1897), when she was only twenty-four years old. She went on to produce nineteen novels, a book of poems, and a collection of short stories, as well as a variety of other writings including a volume of criticism. In all of her works, readers may observe the decidedly philosophical bent of her mind, and the expression of social and intellectual perspectives unusual for a woman of her day. In fact, her sharp-edged intellect attracted some negative attention from critics of her early novels who thought she explored topics unbecoming to a young Virginian lady. Unfazed by what she considered these backward attitudes toward women writers, Glasgow's pervasive concerns throughout …
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Rainwater, Catherine. "Ellen Glasgow". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 January 2004
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