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(Consult DLB Volumes 1, 42, and 73)

Note: For descriptive bibliography of complete works, consult "Sarah J. Hale." Bibliography of
American Literature
. Comp. Jacob Blanck. Vol. 3. New Haven: Yale UP, 1959. 319-340.

Works Written by Hale:

The Genius of Oblivion: and Other Original Poems. Concord, 1823.
Northwood: A Tale of New England. 2 vols. Boston, 1827. (Republished as Sidney Romelee: A Tale of New England. London, 1827)
Sketches of American Character. Boston, 1829.
Conversations on the Burman Mission. Boston, 1830.
Poems for Our Children. Boston, 1830.
The School Song Book. Boston, 1834. (Republished as My Little Song Book. Boston, 1841)
Traits of American Life. Philadelphia, 1835.
The Good Housekeeper; or, The Way to Live Well and to Be Well While We Live. Boston, 1839.
Keeping House and House Keeping. New York, 1845.
Alice Ray: A Romance in Rhyme. Philadelphia, 1845.
"Boarding Out." A Tale of Domestic Life. New York, 1846.
Three Hours; or, The Vigil of Love: and Other Poems. Philadelphia, 1848.
Harry Guy, the Widow's Son. A Story of the Sea. Boston, 1848.
Woman's Record; or, Sketches of All Distinguished Women, From "The Beginning" Till A.D. 1850. New York, 1853. (Revised and enlarged in 1855 and again in 1870.)
Liberia; or, Mr. Peyton's Experiments. New York, 1853.
Manners; or, Happy Homes and Good Society All the Year Round. Boston, 1868.
Love; or, Woman's Destiny. A Poem in Two Parts: With Other Poems. Philadelphia, 1870.

Works Edited by Hale:

Flora's Interpreter; or, The American Book of Flowers and Sentiments. Boston, 1830. (Revised and enlarged in 1856 and 1860.)
Good, John. Mason. Good's Book of Nature. Boston, 1834.
The Ladies' Wreath; a Selection from the Female Poetic Writers of England and America. Boston, 1837. (Enlarged in 1839.)
Taylor, Jane. The Pleasures of Taste, and Other Stories. Boston, 1840.
Aikin, John. The Juvenile Budget Opened. Boston, 1840.
Barbauld, Anna Letitia. Things by Their Right Names, and Other Stories, Fables, and Moral Pieces, in Prose and Verse. Boston, 1840.
The Countries of Europe, and the Manners and Customs of Its Various Nations. In Easy and Entertaining Verse for Children. New York, 1842.
Gift to Young Friends; or the Guide to Good. New York, 1842.
Good Little Boy's Book. New York, 1842.
Good Little Girl's Book. New York, 1842.
Happy Changes; or Pride and Its Consequences. New York, 1842.
Short Tales in Short Words. New York, 1842.
Spring Flowers, or the Poetical Bouquet. New York, 1842.
The Three Baskets; or How Henry, Richard, and Charles Were Occupied While Papa Was Away. New York, 1842.
Uncle Buncle's True and Instructive Stories, about Animals, Insects, and Plants. New York, 1842.
The Wise Boys. New York, 1842.
The Opal; a Pure Gift for the Holy Days. MDCCCXLV. New York, 1845.
The Opal; a Pure Gift for the Holy Days. MDCCCXLVIII. New York, 1848.
The Opal; a Pure Gift for All Seasons. New York, 1849.
Hughs, Mary. Aunt Mary's New Stories for Young People. Boston, 1849.
The Crocus: A Fresh Flower for the Holidays. New York, 1849.
The Poets' Offering: For 1850. Philadelphia, 1850. (Republished as A Complete Dictionary of Poetical Quotations. Philadelphia, 1850. Republished as The Poets' Offering: For 1851. Philadelphia, 1851.)
The Ladies' New Book of Cookery: A Practical System for Private Families in Town and Country. New York, 1852. (Republished as Modern Household Cookery. London, 1863. Enlarged and republished as Mrs. Hales' New Cookbook. Philadelphia, 1857.)
The New Household Receipt Book. New York, 1852. (Enlarged and republished as Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million. Philadelphia, 1857.)
The White Veil: a Bridal Gift. Philadelphia, 1854.
The Bible Reading Book: Containing Such Portions of the History, Biography, Poetry, Prophecy, Precepts, and Parables, of the Old and New Testaments, As Form a Connected Narrative, in the Exact Words of the Scripture. Philadelphia, 1854.
The Letters of Madame de Sevigne, to Her Daughter and Friends. New York, 1856. (Revised and reprinted in Boston, 1869.)
The Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. New York, 1856. (Revised and reprinted in Boston, 1869.)

Critical Works About Hale

Bardes, Barbara A. and Suzanne Gossett. "Sarah J. Hale, Selective Promoter of Her Sex." A Living of Words: American Women in Print Culture. Ed. Susan Albertine. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1995. 18-35.
Baym, Nina. "At Home with History: History Books and Women's Sphere before the Civil War." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 101 (1991): 275-295.
---. "Onward Christian Women: Sarah J. Hale's History of the World." New England Quarterly 63 (1990): 249-270.
Boyer, Paul S. "Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell." Notable American Women 1607-1950. Ed. Edward T. James. 3 vols. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1971.
Cane, Aleta. "Sarah Josepha Hale." Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers. Ed. Denise D. Knight. Westport: Greenwood P, 1997. 194-198.
Douglas, Ann. The Feminization of American Culture. New York: Avon, 1978.
Entrikin, Isabelle Webb. Sarah Josepha Hale and Godey's Lady's Book. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1946.
Ferguson, Charles W. "Americans Not Everybody Knows: Sarah Josepha Hale." PTA Magazine Jan. 1966: 10-12.
Finley, Ruth E. The Lady of Godey's: Sarah Josepha Hale. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1931.
Fryatt, Norma R. Sarah Josepha Hale: The Life and Times of a Nineteenth-Century Career Woman. New York: Hawthorn, 1975.
Godey's Lady's Book On-Line. Ed. Roger Corrie. 1995. Rochester U. 16 Feb. 2000 <>.
Greenberg, Hope. Godey's Lady's Book Home Page. 9 Feb. 1996. U of Vermont. 16 Feb. 2000 <>.
Gray, Janet. "Sarah Josepha Hale." Legacy: 19th Century American Women Writers Web. 16 Feb. 2000 <>.
Griffith, George Bancroft. "Author of 'Mary's Little Lamb.'" Granite State Magazine May 1906: 210-214.
Hale, Richard Walden. "'Mary Had a Little Lamb.' and Its Author." Century Magazine March 1904: 738-742.
Hoffman, Nicole Tonhovich. "Legacy Profile: Sarah Josepha Hale." Legacy: A Journal of 19th Century American Women Writers 7 (1990): 47-55.
Hume, Janice. "Defining the Historic American Heroine: Changing Characteristics of Heroic Women in Nineteenth-Century Media." Journal of Popular Culture 31.1 (1997): 1-21.
Kaplan, Amy. "Manifest Domesticity." American Literature 70 (1998): 581-607.
Kastner, Joseph. "The Tale Behind 'Mary's Little Lamb.'" New York Times Magazine 13 Apr. 1980: 116-119.
Martin, Lawrence. "The Genesis of Godey's Lady's Book." New England Quarterly Jan. 1928: 41-70.
McCall, Laura. "'The Reign of Brute Force Is Now Over': A Content Analysis of Godey's Lady's Book, 1830-1860." Journal of the Early Republic 9 (1989): 217-36
Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. 5 vols. Cambridge: Harvard U P, 1938-1968.
Myerson, Joel. "Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale." Dictionary of Literary Biography: The American Renaissance in New England. Vol. 1. Ed. Myerson. Detroit: Gale, 1978. 79.
Okker, Patricia. Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1995.
Pattee, Fred Lewis. The Feminine Fifties. New York: Appleton-Century, 1940.
Riley, Glenda Gates. "The Subtle Subversion: Changes in the Traditionalist Image of the American Woman." Historian 32 (1970): 210-227.
Rogers, Sherbrooke. Sarah Josepha Hale: A New England Pioneer 1788-1879. Grantham, NH: Tompson & Rutter, 1985.
Ross, Emily. "Madonna in Bustles." Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine Oct. 1971: 708-711.
"Sarah Josepha Hale." American Lady: A History of Ladies Magazines 1996. 16 Feb. 2000 <>.
Sanford, Lucy E. "Mrs. Sarah J. Hale." Granite Monthly Mar. 1880: 208-211.
Sewell, Edward H., Jr. "Sarah Josepha Hale." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Magazine Journalists, 1741-1850. Vol. 73. Ed. Sam G. Riley. Detroit: Gale, 1988. 159-167.
Smedman, M. Sarah. "Sarah Josepha Hale." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Writers for Children Before 1900. Vol. 42. Ed. Glenn E. Estes. Detroit: Gale, 1985. 207-217.
Tarbell, Ida M. "The American Woman: Those Who Did Not Fight." American Magazine Mar. 1910: 656-669.
Thompson, Ralph. American Literary Annuals & Gift Books, 1825-1865. New York: Wilson, 1936.
Warner, Richard Fay. "Godey's Lady's Book." American Mercury Aug. 1924: 399-405.
Warren, E. A. "The True Story of Mary and Her Little Lamb." National Magazine Jun. 1897: 251-255.
Zophy, Angela. "For the Improvement of My Sex: Sarah Josepha Hale's Editorship of Godey's Lady's Book, 1837-1877." Diss. Ohio State U, 1978.

Bibliographic information prepared for Domestic Goddesses by Lisa Niles
University of Central Oklahoma
Last update: May 2003