Glasgow, Ellen

Glasgow, Ellen

(glăs`gō), 1873–1945, American novelist, b. Richmond, Va. In revolt against the romantic treatment of Southern life, Glasgow presented in fiction a social history of Virginia since 1850, stressing the changing social order and the emergence of a dominant middle class and rejecting the outworn code of Southern chivalry and masculine superiority. She spent her entire life in Richmond, Va. Her radicalism was apparent in her first novel, The Descendant (1897), and was sustained through her many subsequent books, including Virginia (1913), Life and Gabriella (1916), Barren Ground (1925), The Romantic Comedians (1926), Vein of Iron (1935), and In This Our Life (1941; Pulitzer Prize).


See her collected stories (ed. by R. K. Meeker, 1963); her critical prefaces, collected in A Certain Measure (1943); her autobiography, The Woman Within (1954); letters (ed. by B. Rouse, 1958); biography by M. Thiebaux (1982); studies by L. Auchincloss (1964), E. S. Godbold, Jr. (1972), and L. W. Wagner (1982).

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Glasgow, Ellen (Anderson Gholson)

(1873–1945) writer, poet; born in Richmond, Va. She was schooled privately, traveled periodically to Europe, and became progressively deaf beginning in 1889. Based in Richmond, she wrote poetry, essays, and short stories, but her reputation rests on her novels that deal with the social fabric of the South, as in Barren Ground (1925) and The Sheltered Life (1932).
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