The Female Prose Writers of America: With Portraits, Biographical Notices, and Specimens of their Writings/Eliza L. Sproat

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Miss Sproat is known almost exclusively as a poet. All the prose that she has published, amounting at most to not more than three or four contributions to annuals and magazines, is so essentially poetical, that it seemed a matter of doubt, whether to include her name at all in the present volume. Whether prose or poetry, however, her writings are among the most original and the most beautiful that our current literature affords. The article “Love versus Cupid,” which appeared in the June number of Sartain, for 1849, is alone sufficient to stamp the author as a woman of high genius.

Miss Sproat is still very young. She is a native, and has always been a resident, of Philadelphia. The extract which follows, is from the Christian Keepsake for 1847. It is the first piece she ever published.