Discovered! Lady Cook aka Tennessee Claflin’s Essays


Tennessee Claflin, after she moved to England, married a very wealthy Brit, Francis Cook, Viscount of Montserrat. A believer in women’s rights, he encouraged Tennessee to write and published all of her books despite the toll her controversional opinions took on their social standing. These books are scarce, but I was able to save enough to purchase Volume 1 of her essays. This copy still has her pink form letter in the front “With Lady Cook’s Compliments.” Also, she dedicates the book to her “dear father and mother”, “the kindest and best of parents.” Here are are a few opening words from her first essay (“The Ideal Woman”):

Too long has woman been enslaved, the toy and victim of man. But the dawn of emancipation has come.IMG_4757