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Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Catharine Maria Sedgwick A novalist and prolific writer, Catherine Sedgwick (1789 -1867) wrote about Mumbet. Catherine was the daughter of Theodore Sedgwick and lived in the same household Mumbet served after leaving the Ashley House. Catharine is buried next to Mumbet in the "Sedgwick Pie." Her brother Charles, who wrote Mumbet's epitaph lies on Miss Sedgwick's other side. Miss Sedgwick was born in Stockbridge, MA and later attended Payne's Finishing School in Boston. According to Professor Lucinda Damon-Bach, Ph.D. English Department, Salem State College, and Founder of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, upon her return to the Berkshires Catharine helped her sister-law run a school in Lenox, Massachusetts on Kemble Street on the site of what is now Springlawn at the National Music Foundation but spent most of her time writing. Professor Damon-Bach also says that Catharine "was one of the Sedgwick children who gave Mumbet her nickname," and that Mumbet was the children's substitute mother.

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You may read what Catharine wrote about Mumbet by clicking here.

"Mumbett" (manuscript draft), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, 1853, Massachusetts Historical Society

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Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives
Journal article by Cheri Louise Ross; Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 21, 2004

 

Periodizing Authorship, Characterizing Genre: Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Benevolent Literacy Narratives
American Literature - Volume 76, Number 1, March 2004, pp. 1-29, Robbins, Sarah.

Science in Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie Legacy
Volume 20, Number 1&2, 2003, pp. 22-37, Block, Shelley R. Madden, Etta M., 1962

 

Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

 

Other books by Catharine Maria Sedgwick:

 

Slavery in New England (1853)

Our Burial Place (1853)

Clarence: or, A Tale of Our Times(1830)

Didactic Tales: Home: Scenes and Charactors Illustrating Christian Truth (1835)

Live and Let Live: or, Domestic Service (1837)

Tales and Sketches, Second Series (1844)