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[Women's Social History] [Courtship] Sarah Frances Lotta
Collection of 44 handwritten letters, documenting a young couple's courtship in the modern world
New Rochelle and New York: 1918. Collection of 44 handwritten letters by "Sallie" Sarah Frances Lotta to her boyfriend, later fiance and then husband, "Jim" James S. Crossland. All in transmittal envelopes, and accompanied by a letter of congratulations on their marriage from his brother. More than a simple narrative of courtship, Sallie's letters reveal how an increasingly modern world has opened up new options for women in their careers and their relationships. Sallie's intimate conversations with Jim show how the rising generation is more transparent with their significant others, the extent to which they are more sexually liberated than their parents, and the fact that women were becoming more independent and therefore more assertive about their concerns or needs. From the opening letter, the complexity of Sallie's feelings are clear. She works in the city at the Banker's Trust Company and maintains an active social life in her free time; and there is concern about how a long-distance relationship with Philadelphia-based Jim will affect that. In February, after all, she admits that "I had made up my mind never to marry." When she misses being accompanied by him to a party on January 16, she feels a wave of loneliness but writes "trying to fight against it all I can, if we work hard the time will come when we won't have to be so far apart." For both of them, the separation is a struggle. Learning each other's minds is difficult, she admits, " since it is hard to express one's feelings on paper," and later that month she urges him to visit her if he is at ill ease. "Don't … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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