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There may be married people who do not read the morning paper. Smith and I know them not ... It is not too much to say the newspapers are one of our strongest points of sympathy; that it is our meat and drink to praise and abuse them together; that we often in our imagination edit a model newspaper, which shall have for its motto, `Speak the truth, and shame the devil.ˊ
-Fanny Fern
"Debra Brenegan has created a lively portrait of an amazing woman. The heart-wrenching ups and downs of Fanny Fern's life make for riveting reading, and the lush depictions of mid-1800s Boston and New York, peppered with glimpses of Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harriet Jacobs, make for a vivid, rollicking tale of one of the most pivotal moments in American literary history."
-Tina May Hall
Author of The Physics of Imaginary Objects

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*Posted by permission from Shame the Devil by Debra Brenegan, the State University of New York Press ©2011, State University of New York. All rights reserved.
Debra Brenegan is the author of "Shame the Devil," a historical novel based on the remarkable
and true story of the nineteenth-century novelist, journalist, and feminist Fanny Fern.
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