Chapter 5: Late Nineteenth Century
and Realism

Helen Hunt Jackson

© Paul P. Reuben
June 23, 2014

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Colorado Women's Hall of Fame

Helen Fiske, born in Amherst, Mass., took her two last names from her husbands (see Note below). She married Edward Bissell Hunt first, was widowed young, in 1865, and shortly afterwards had lost both sons from that marriage as well. Ten years later, she married a quaker, William Sharpless Jackson and lived in Colorado Springs with him. Helen was a long-time friend of Emily Dickinson and, besides becoming much more famous than her friend as a poet, produced many novels, including Ramona (1884). It dealt with the white man's subjugation of the native American indian, whose cause she energetically championed for much of the later part of her life. See her A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealings with some of the Indian Tribes (New York: Harper, 1881; HUS. J127c Robarts Library), and Report of Mrs. Helen Hunt Jackson and Abbot Kinney on the Mission Indians in 1883 (Boston: Stanley and Usher, 1887; Pam E 78 15 J3 Victoria College Archives).

Note: "The name 'Helen Hunt Jackson,' now universally applied to Jackson, includes the surnames of both her first husband, Edward Hunt, and her second husband, William Jackson. She never used this combined name either in publishing her work or in referring to herself." -- Kate Phillips, Helen Hunt Jackson: A Literary Life. Berkeley: U of California P, 2003, p. 4.

Primary Works

Ah-wah-ne days; a visit to the Yosemite Valley in 1872. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1971. Case / F868.Y6 J3

Glimpses of California and the missions. With illustrations by Henry Sandham. Boston: Little, Brown, & company, 1923. F867 .J13

A century of dishonor; a sketch of the United States Government's dealings with some of the Indian tribes. Minneapolis: Ross & Haines 1964. E93 .J13 1885a

Ramona; a story (1884). Boston, Little, Brown, and company, 1913. PS2107 .R5

Ramona. Senier, Siobhan (ed. and introd.) Peterborough, ON : Broadview 2008

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Kaup, Monika, and Debra J. Rosenthal. eds. Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-American Literary Dialogues. Austin: U of Texas P, 2002.

Mathes, Valerie S. Helen Hunt Jackson and her Indian reform legacy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990. PS 2108 .M37

- - -. ed. The Indian reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson, 1879-1885. U of Oklahoma P, 1998.

May, Antoinette. Helen Hunt Jackson: a lonely voice of conscience. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1987. PS2108 .M39

Phillips, Kate. Helen Hunt Jackson: A Literary Life. Berkeley: U of California P, 2003.

Ramirez, Karen E. Reading Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona. Boise, ID: Boise SU, 2006.

Showalter, Elaine. ed. The Vintage Book of American Women Writers. NY: Vintage, 2011.

Whitaker, Rosemary. Helen Hunt Jackson. Boise, Idaho: Boise SU, 1987. PS2108 .W45

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

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