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Sylvia Cook

A Working Woman

An interview with Sylvia Cook, Professor, English, UM St. Louis

"It was a process of trial and error," comments Sylvia Cook about her latest book, Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration. As a specialist in southern American literature, Cook decided to go back to the beginnings, that is to the start of the 19th century, for her latest book. Her initial plan was to create a broad historical account of early American literature, but during the research phase the scope of her book began to change.