Glasgow, Ellen (Anderson Gholson)


Glasgow, Ellen (Anderson Gholson)

biographical name


Ellen Glasgow, miniature by an unknown artist; in the collection of the Virginia Historical Society.—Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

(born April 22, 1873, Richmond, Va., U.S.—died Nov. 21, 1945, Richmond) U.S. novelist. She was irregularly schooled and lived the life of a Southern belle. With Virginia (1913), she completed a five-novel series (begun 1900) depicting the state's social history. She was past age 50 when she gained critical notice for Barren Ground (1925). The Sheltered Life (1932) is part of a trilogy of ironic novels of manners. Her realistic depiction of Virginia life helped direct Southern literature away from sentimentality and nostalgia.

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