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Oliver and Gary Scharnhorst published. She also enlisted the help of her friend Alice Stone Blackwell, coeditor of the Boston Woman’s Journal, the leading suffragist paper in America. 3 Unfortunately, Blackwell’s defense of the PCWPA from the other side of the continent seems to have made no difference to Bierce, if indeed the news of it even reached him. At length, Gilman wrote Brander Matthews, professor of dramatic literature at Columbia College and one of the most in®uential and well-connected men of letters on the New York literary scene, to urge him to ¤nd some way to censure Bierce for these verbal attacks on women writers.
Howells’s praise of her poetry and political opinions thus satis¤ed a deep thirst for something like paternal approval. However, Gilman could no more rephrase her polemics to please Howells’s sense of decorum than she could retract the impolitic kiss she once offered her father in the Boston Public Library. Like Gilman, Howells had spent his childhood wandering nomad- 20 Joanne B. Karpinski ically on the frontiers of respectable poverty. His father, William Cooper Howells, began married life as an itinerant printer.
In Hill 176). The “apostle” was Edward Bellamy, whose novel Looking Backward was helped to prominence by Howells’s favorable review. Gilman was prepared by nature and education to embrace the Na- 22 Joanne B. Karpinski tionalist creed, which expounded the necessity of the government’s taking complete control of the means of production in order to eradicate the panoply of evils generated by laissez-faire economics. Nationalism and feminism worked together, in Gilman’s view. She believed nationalism to be “the most practical form of human development,” but equality of the sexes was “the most essential condition of that development” (qtd.