Glasgow, Ellen (Anderson Gholson) biographical name
(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.
Ellen Glasgow, miniature by an unknown artist; in the collection of the Virginia Historical Society.—Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society
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