Boston Glass Ceiling

The Letters of Agnes Edwards Partin, 1922–1925

by Editor Grace E. Moremen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/6/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 704
ISBN : 9781480805767
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 704
ISBN : 9781480805774

About the Book

There was no doubt that Agnes Edwards had ambition. It stemmed from the self-confidence she had gained during her university years and from being in the first generation of women to vote. Her professors at the University of California–Berkeley had encouraged her to pursue a career in publishing or teaching. What’s more, she knew she could support herself with her secretarial skills and job experience. So it was, in the fall of 1922, that Agnes left her home in California and journeyed to Boston.

Through three hundred letters, she tells the story of her ambition to become an editor and writer at Boston’s prestigious Atlantic Monthly Press, along with the challenges she faced in finding her way in the male-dominated field of book publishing. Both triumphs and disappointments awaited her in the city, as well as an unexpected romance. Going abroad in 1925, she interviewed several authors, including A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh.

An entertaining record of one woman’s life through the early- to mid-1920s, Boston Glass Ceiling provides a personal and detailed glimpse into Boston at that time and offers keen insight into the publishing world from a woman’s perspective.

About the Author

Grace E. Moremen earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College; a master’s degree in religion and literature from the University of Chicago and a masters degree in history from UC Berkeley. She has authored and edited several books. Moremen and her husband, William, live in Claremont, California. They have three grown children.