Fanny Fern is one of the world’s many lost writers. Just a few generations after her death, few people, outside of academia, have heard of this woman whose words took the country by storm.
I fell in love with Fanny Fern in graduate school. I loved her work and I loved her story. I was incensed that the world had forgotten about such a remarkable writer, such a remarkable woman. So, I began researching about her. I wrote papers. I read and read and read. I wanted to bring Fanny Fern back to life.
It took nine years for my Fanny Fern passion to become a published book. My historical novel, Shame the Devil, officially comes out today – July 1, 2011 – with SUNY Press. Fanny Fern’s birthday was July 9, 1811. I recently realized that my book, my Fanny Fern re-birth project, will come out just in time for the 200th anniversary of Fanny Fern’s birth. I don’t know anything about the timing of the universe or astrology or nudgings from the beyond the grave or anything like that, but you’ve got to admit – the timing is amazingly coincidental!