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Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New
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Catherine Oglesby

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032474

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032474.001.0001

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Family and Tragedy in the Development of Corra Harris

Family and Tragedy in the Development of Corra Harris

(p.17) 2 Family and Tragedy in the Development of Corra Harris
Corra Harris and the Divided Mind of the New South

Catherine Oglesby

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on family and tragedy in Corra Harris's life—all of which blended in a complex mixture that molded and developed her as a distinguished and widely published writer. This chapter first discusses the family life of Corra Harris. She was born Corra Mae White on March 17, 1869. The chapter talks about the people who had a great impact on the nurturing and upbringing of Corra Harris. The chapter also gives a brief account of the people who were the most significant to Corra Harris such as her mother whom she described as righteous and steadfast, her father who she affectionately and humorously described in her autobiographies, and her husband who shaped her conservative ideas on poverty and charity. The chapter also includes chronicles of her daughter Faith and other significant people who have in one way or another helped her shape her literature. In addition to recounting the life of Harris within the borders of the lives of those significant to her, the chapter also discusses Harris's struggles with loss and personal hardship. From 1910 to 1920, Harris faced tragedy, heartache, and estrangement due to the deaths of her husband, daughter Faith, and sister Hope. But beyond this tragedy she had several accomplishments as well. Harris travelled often to New York and other parts of the Northeast. She was sent twice to Europe on assignments for Saturday Evening Post to investigate the responses of women on the issue of suffrage and the effects of war on women. She was also able to published eight novels during this time and continue her writing contributions for the Independent, Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Pictorial Review, and Harper's.

Keywords:   Corra Harris, writer, Corra Mae White, struggles, personal hardship, tragedy, family

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